flaherty budget 2013
On March 21, the Conservative government announced an effective merger of the Canadian International Development Agency and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of the proposed 2013 Federal Budget. Finally Canadian "aid" will fully shed itself of its cumbersome rhetorical shell and reveal its naked core: the promotion of national interest.
Sadly, with yesterday's Conservative budget, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) suffered a premature passing. Many of us knew it was coming, but its axing in the budget is a far more significant blow to this country's reputation that the Harper government realizes. Very good men and women in CIDA had built solid and progressive relationships with their partners in other countries, and though Canada's foreign aid will continue in various capacities, the dream of the kind of international interventions of compassion that made a clear and multi-dimensional difference is over.
OTTAWA - It's been almost five years since economist Don Drummond was asked by concerned federal and provincial labour ministers