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Despite its lofty rhetoric to ‘restore Canadian leadership in the world,’ the Trudeau government has allowed foreign aid contributions to remain at a bare minimum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The misconception of Canada’s foreign aid generosity

The truth is, when it comes to Official Development Assistance spending, Canada hasn’t been back in decades.
On virtually every measurable development indicator—including poverty, hunger, education, and health—rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women.
The failure of the Liberals to increase international assistance envelope to fully fund the Feminist International Assistance Policy suggests that not much has changed in regards to women’s work.
Opinion|Paul Hagerman
It's now been more than 10 years since Canada fully untied its food aid to developing countries.
Opinion|Alex Neve
With only five sitting weeks to go, Parliamentarians face high expectations on bills on Indigenous languages and rights, environmental protection, and more.
While the U.S. debates aid cuts, Canada should talk about the need to do more—not less—to improve the conditions that are forcing Central Americans to flee north.
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.
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