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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Chrystia Freeland

Increase Canada's Commitment to International Assistance in Budget 2017

Canada is widely perceived as a caring and generous nation that is eager to share its wealth with the world’s poorest. It would therefore come as a shock to most Canadians to learn that Canada ranks last amongst its global peers in terms of international aid. The world is watching Canada. We cannot turn our backs on the world’s poorest, who are disproportionately women and girls. Canada’s government currently contributes a mere 26 cents for every $100 of gross national income (0.26% of GNI). If the Canadian government continues on this path of minimal global assistance in the 2017 federal budget, it will have the absolute lowest contribution of any Canadian government in the past half century. Canada’s lack of investment in international aid has had a profound human cost. Since 1995, the equivalent of 7,000,000 lives have been attributed to Canada’s reductions in international assistance. If Canada had devoted further resources and money to health initiatives in developing countries around the world, more than half a million innocent lives could have been saved in 2016 alone. UN members have agreed to contributing 0.7% of their Gross National Income to international assistance by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, we are calling on the federal government to increase Canada’s international investments in Budget 2017 by a minimum of 12%.   As both Canadians and global citizens, it is our obligation to help those most in need. Canada’s history and identity have been invariably rooted in compassion and generosity. It is vital that we continue this history of benevolence by investing in international aid – the world is counting on us. How many more innocent lives will be lost before Canada regains its reputation as a leader in the international community? Please sign this petition demanding that the Canadian government increase its international aid by at least 12% in the 2017 budget and commit to the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2030.

Diviya Leonard
7 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to David Cameron

Hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions that killed my brother

My brother, David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting. David had his £71.70 weekly allowance stopped meaning that he couldn’t afford food or electricity. He was penniless, starving and alone. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working. Three weeks after his benefits were stopped he died from diabetic ­ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin.  David wasn’t a “scrounger”. He had worked for 29 years; 5 years in the Army – including two years in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, during the height of the troubles – 16 years with British Telecom, eight years with various other companies, and in recent years was a carer for our sick mother. When mum went into a home, David turned to the state for help, receiving benefits while he looked for work and taking unpaid work placements. When he died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach. People turn to the state when they are in need - that is what the system is for - a safety net for hard working people like my brother when they need a bit of support. That £71.70 a week was his lifeline. To withhold it from him for missing one meeting is cruel. And the heartbreaking thing is that he was really trying. CVs for job applications were found near David’s body. He had been on work placements, passed his fork lift truck certificate and had been on a computer training course. Like many others I believe that benefits sanctions (penalties by the government for things like missing Jobcentre meetings) are completely out of control and putting those most in need at risk. A million people have been sanctioned in the last year – many of them are extremely vulnerable like my brother was. I want to know how the Department of Work and Pensions can justify welfare sanctions that are driving people to foodbanks and leading to starvation and death. The DWP were aware of my brother’s  diabetes and insulin dependency, and, if as they say, they followed procedures and no errors were made, then why did my brother die? Questions need to be asked of how Iain Duncan Smith is justifying benefit sanctions. What is the full impact of these sanctions? Are they working or simply putting the vulnerable further at risk? I don’t want anybody else to die like this.  Please sign my petition for a full independent inquiry into the DWP’s sanctions regime.

Gill Thompson
211,156 supporters