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Reactions to the Bev Oda Controversy

February 22, 2011

The February news have been filled with comments and analysis following International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda’s admission in Parliament that the decision to defund Kairos had, in fact, come from herself. This is in direct contradiction to what she had claimed for over a year, namely that the defunding had come from CIDA's analysis and rejection of Kairos' proposal.

For CCIC, this only confirms the doubts previously raised about the reliability of funding criteria at Canada’s national aid Agency. According to Gerry Barr, now that it is clear that political standards have interfered with public standards in the attribution of millions of dollars of aid spending, very strong measures must be taken to restore credibility and a healthy relationship between the sector and CIDA.

In the News

In defending Oda, Harper stands alone, The Toronto Star, Chantal Hebert, February 18, 2011

Kairos does important work; we should all support it, The Toronto Star, Catherin Porter, February 18, 2011

Pm's Tactic: Ignore, Hope It Goes Away, The National Post, Kathryn Blaze Carlson, February 17, 2011

Opposition steps up pressure for Oda resignation over altered document, John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail, February 16, 2011

In wake of Oda controversy, Ottawa must explain why aid decisions are made, The Globe and Mail, Campbell Clark, Febuary 16, 2011

Bev Oda must go, The National Post, February 16, 2011

Bev Oda’s serious transgression, Globe Editorial, The Globe and Mail, Febuary 15, 2011

CBC interview of Jennifer Henry (Kairos) (Video)

CBC, Power and politics, Feb 15, 2011 (Video) MP’s reaction to Bev Oda’s admission. Contains a clip from an interview with CCIC's Gerry Barr.

MPs asking Speaker to take another look at Oda's handling of funding decision, Winnipeg free press , February 15, 2011

Bev Oda is trying SO HARD, McLeans, Scott Feschuk, February 15, 2011

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