Canada must boost for­eign aid

The Beacon Herald - - OPINION -

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.

Lara Seguin


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