The end of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is less bad than Canada’s new aid policies, says Maurice Strong, a deputy minister of foreign aid under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, and founder of the organisation that would become CIDA. The government has already made cuts to development assistance, but the further commercialization of development funding has discredited Canada as a leader in supporting developing countries. Making commercial interests the purpose of our aid will not only undermine its effectiveness, but damage our credibility and influence, says Strong. If the new policy is implemented, it will add to the government’s negative positions on climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, United Nations programmes, and environmental programmes, which according to Strong “have already transformed us from leader to laggard.”

 

Rachel Emery is a graduate of Political Science and an avid news-reader. She enjoys writing pieces on political analysis and world events, as well as environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, walking by the water, and rowing.

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