Canada should do­nate more

Ottawa Citizen - - EDITORIAL -

Univer­sal Chil­dren’s Day is on Fri­day. It was es­tab­lished by the UN in 1954 to rec­og­nize the world’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to im­prove the wel­fare of chil­dren every­where.

Sub­se­quent declarations have re­in­forced this, right up to the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) rat­i­fied just two months ago which are an am­bi­tious set of tar­gets which, if achieved, will im­prove the lives all, in­clud­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble.

There are a to­tal of 17 goals, but by fo­cus­ing on just the first six — end­ing poverty, zero hunger, good health, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, gen­der equal­ity and clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion — Canada can have an enor­mous im­pact on the lives of chil­dren. But to do so, the gov­ern­ment will have to re­verse the down­ward spi­ral of our for­eign aid bud­get. Cur­rently, we give a pal­try $24 for ev­ery $10,000 of Gross Na­tional In­come (GNI), pos­si­bly a record low.

If the new gov­ern­ment wants Canada to play a ma­jor role on the world’s stage, we can­not con­tinue to have this stain on our rep­u­ta­tion by be­ing a miser among donor coun­tries. Stephen St. De­nis, Ot­tawa

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