Canada must boost foreign aid
I recently participated in pre-budget consultation hearings in Toronto hosted by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and I’m concerned.
Pre-budget hearings are an opportunity for the government to listen to Canadians about their priorities but they’re only useful if taken seriously. Having heard Canadians, the committee has recommended three times that PM Trudeau get us on track to paying our fair share towards foreign assistance. Canadians want this and the government hasn’t responded. At this rate, Canada’s chances of a seat on the UN Security Council aren’t great.
Canada needs to live up to its international reputation and Trudeau’s feminist rhetoric by following through with action. Annual 15 per cent increases in aid starting next year is what it takes. Canada has a role to play on the world stage and we need to do our fair share. I call on my MP in Haldimand-Norfolk, Diane Finley, and all MPs to bring this message to Ottawa and help get Canada on track.