March 29, 2012 – Oxfam concerned about foreign aid cuts.
Oxfam had called on the federal government to lift a four-year freeze on the international assistance envelope of $5 billion annually. Instead, it cut $377.6 million over the next three years and raised the spectre of withdrawing from some UN agencies.
Oxfam policy coordinator Mark Fried said: “On the generosity index, this budget moves Canada closer to the bottom of the world’s 22 donor countries. Why is the government saving money on the backs of the world’s most vulnerable people?”
The budget indicates cuts to CIDA headquarters and to transfers to poor countries.
“The so-called savings by cutting the aid budget are the dollar expression of people falling ill and dying needlessly, missing an education, or losing the chance to be part of a productive economy.”
“We now spend just over $3 a week per Canadian on aid. To fulfill our promise of 0.7 percent of GNI would just require another $3.50 a week, the price of a cup of coffee. We can afford to make that investment in a more stable world.”
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