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Canada Provides $353 Million for "World's Most Vulnerable"

February 24, 2003

Canadian Finance Minister John Manley told the House of Commons last Tuesday the nation will be spending an extra $353 million (US $236.7 million) on foreign aid this year. "Half of these new monies will be devoted to Africa to promote health and to fight HIV/AIDS, to provide clean water and quite simply ... to make a difference where it is needed most," Manley said. He made it clear the eight-year 8 percent increase per annum commitment made by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien at a UN conference in Monterrey, Mexico, last March is now anchored in the government's financial planning. Gerry Barr, president of the Canadian Council on International Cooperation, an umbrella group of aid organizations, was pleased but said the finance department's numbers gave an inaccurate impression of the increase because the fiscal framework had not been based on this increase.

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Adapted from:
Toronto Star
02.19.03; Graham Fraser



  
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