Feds to ex­tend dead­line for match­ing do­na­tions to Syria

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS POL­I­TICS

The Lib­er­als say they will ex­tend the dead­line for Cana­di­ans to do­nate to over­seas Syr­ian re­lief ef­forts and have those dol­lars matched by the gov­ern­ment.

In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Marie-Claude Bibeau says the gov­ern­ment will now match do­na­tions made up un­til Feb. 29.

The orig­i­nal dead­line, set by the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, had been Dec. 31, 2015.

The Lib­er­als com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing the pro­gram, which pledged to match do­na­tions up to $100 mil­lion.

Late last month, the Red Cross — which is among those ac­cept­ing do­na­tions — said it had raised $7.5 mil­lion, while a coali­tion of other agen­cies told The Cana­dian Press they had raised $2.5 mil­lion.

To date, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment has given over $969 mil­lion in hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and de­vel­op­ment sup­port to ad­dress the cri­sis caused by the Syr­ian civil war.

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