Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Reverse the Cuts to International Development
  • Petitioned The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

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Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Minister of Finance
The Honourable Jim Flaherty
Minister of International Co-operation
The Honourable Julian Fantino

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Reverse the Cuts to International Development

    1. Reverse the Cuts! Annulons les coupures !
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      Reverse the Cuts! Annulons les coupures !

      Toronto, Canada

In March 2012, the federal Government announced a $319 million reduction over 3 years to the budget of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) - more than 8 percent. This cut is equivalent to the cost of one of the sixty-five F-35 fighter jets the Government wants to buy.

Let's call on the federal government to reverse cuts to CIDA and restore funding in Budget 2013!

The $319 million cut is less than $10 per Canadian (or $3 per year). Isn’t helping the poor worth five large coffees to you?

Polling confirms that the majority of Canadians believe we have a moral obligation to assist those in the developing world.  Over half believe the Government carries the primary responsibility for ensuring we meet this obligation. (Source:  

Since 1990, the number of children dying before the age of five has dropped from 12 million to 6.9 million.  The number of out of school children has declined by 30 million in the past decade to 61 million.

But Canada’s declining budget for international development will lead to set-backs in the fight against global poverty. That’s why we are calling on the Government to reverse the cuts!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Donald Reid MEDICINE HAT, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Helping others in need is what must be done, giving more, not cutting back

    • catherine molyneux NORTH YORK, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      I give to many charities that help women and children in underdelvoped countries and I've always been proud that my country supported my intentions to help this world be a better place for all women.I just wish this government could ask the people we send to help govern us how they think our tax dollars should be spent.

    • Donna Shumaker KAWARTHA LAKES, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      For hundreds of years these countries have been exploited and robbed. It is still going on today. By reversing the cuts and restoring the funding we will be able to restore a small part of what our country and others have already taken.

    • Zaak Robichaud CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have volunteered with several development NGOs and I have seen first hand the needs that need to be addressed and the successes that CIDA has helped fund.

    • Josephine Emmett CANMORE, AB, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Investing in the developing world now will save money and our lives later.


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