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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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Letter to
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
and 2 others
Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest Stephen Harper
Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada Stephen Harper
Canada has a moral obligation to assist those in the developing world, and Canadian resources and technical expertise are needed to help alleviate poverty.

Yet the 2012 federal budget announced a $319 million reduction in funding to the Canadian International Development Agency over three years. These cuts to Canada’s budget for international development hurt poor families in the developing world.

I call on the Government of Canada to reverse cuts to the Canadian International Development Agency and restore funding to 2011 levels at a minimum.

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