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Finance Minister Bill Morneau talks about the 2019 budget at an Economic Club of Canada event at the Chateau Laurier on March 20, the day after he tabled it in the House. The budget offers very little in terms of foreign aid, despite Canadians’ concerns about the issue, argues Prateek Awasthi. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Budget misses the mark on international development

Poll results tell us there is widespread public support for foreign aid. But this budget doesn’t reflect that priority.
Opinion|Becca Wertman
Canada has consistently denounced boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns against Israel, making funding for the Palestinian group Wi’am completely incompatible with Canadian policy.
As the last minister for status of women and the first for women and gender equality, Maryam Monsef says she’s cementing a path forged by her predecessors, but critics say the new mandate could 'dilute' the mission.
The Canadian Council of Young Feminists aims to bridge the gap between young leaders, global citizenship, and Canadian Parliamentarians.
As Canadians mark International Development Week, they ought to know that it’s often through volunteers for foreign-aid groups that Canada is represented to poorer countries.
As the country convulses in political crisis, millions of Venezuelans are fleeing to communities in neighbouring countries, which have been generous but are approaching a breaking point.
Opinion|Naomi Johnson
The world’s poorest one billion people absorb 80 per cent of climate change impacts, despite being responsible for only three per cent of global greenhouse emissions.
'If Canada actually achieves these targets smoothly, we should seriously question that,' says researcher Aniket Bhushan.
We see a tremendous degree of value in working with companies to inform and support improvements in their practices.
The Trudeau government is stealthily trying to water down the already weak Official Development Assistance Accountability Act rather than strengthen it.
Bill Schaper, director of public policy at Imagine Canada, said his group organized a lobbying blitz to push for sweeping reforms that would modernize regulations governing the charitable sector.
The proposed changes are tucked into the government’s omnibus budget implementation bill, and they may not be ‘benign,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking contributions from Pakistanis at home and abroad in order to get the Diamer-Bhasha Dam started. The renewed ban on Indian TV and film is really a way of getting the Pakistani public’s attention for this campaign.
From feminist policy to trade to the Latvian mission, Melita Gabrič says the countries are already good partners that can do more together.
I am afraid that we Canadians have already turned a blind eye to a brewing humanitarian disaster in our own backyard.
Opinion|Selçuk Ünal
Turkey is today hosting almost four million refugees from Syria and Iraq, and is the largest refugee-hosting country in the world.
Opinion|Hedy Fry
Canada is well aware that our own Indigenous communities still have unequal access to services related to sexual and reproductive health and basic health infrastructure.
A right-wing anti-immigration party has the potential to be the kingmaker in a hung Parliament after last month’s election.
The feds should boost support for women’s empowerment if they want to meet their Feminist International Assistance Policy targets.
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