MEDIA STATEMENT: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Reacts to the Proposed Cuts on International Assistance in the Conservative Electoral Platform

MEDIA STATEMENT: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Reacts to the Proposed Cuts on International Assistance in the Conservative Electoral Platform

Ottawa, ON (OCT 1, 2019) – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is concerned about the 25% cut to Official Development Assistance (ODA) proposed in the Conservative Party of Canada’s electoral platform released today. In a letter sent to CCIC on June 7th, 2018, Andrew Scheer indicated: “I believe in the inherent benefits of development assistance to Canadians and the world. Conservatives are committed to strengthening Canada’s record on foreign aid.”  This aligns with public support highlighted from a recent survey:  81% of Canadians agree that Canada should do its fair share along with other countries to help developing countries.

International development and humanitarian assistance are important parts of Canada’s global leadership that contribute to visible impacts. For example, South Korea went from a major aid recipient to an important trading partner for Canada and the world. In as little as 25 years, although there is still much to do, Rwanda, after suffering a vicious genocide, has gone from crisis to great strides in social and economic development. 

The Conservative Party has a long history of leadership in international development and humanitarian assistance. The G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) launched in 2010 by the Conservative government was widely acclaimed in Canada and abroad. CCIC welcomes further discussions with the Conservative Party of Canada on international assistance, and how Canada can continue to be a global leader in a fast changing and interconnected world.

CCIC published a media advisory and a fact sheet outlining some key figures on Canada’s role in international assistance. We also sent a survey to leaders of federal political parties on their positions regarding international co-operation issues. We invite all parties to submit their answers. The results will be published on our site here.

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About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.

Media Contact:
Thida Ith, Media and Communications Officer
tith@ccic.ca / Phone: (613) 241-7007 ext. 343/ Cell phone: (437) 779-0883

Letter to Leaders’ Debate Commission

Letter to Leaders’ Debate Commission

 

CCIC has sent the following letter to the Leaders’ Debate Commission asking for questions on Canada’s foreign policy and international development efforts to be included in the leaders’ debates that will take place on the week of October 7. This letter was endorsed by CCIC members listed below. If you are a member and would like to add your signature, click here.

 

September 24, 2019

The Right Honourable David Johnston
Commissioner
Leaders’ Debates Commission
155 Queen St., Suite 301 Ottawa ON. K1P 6L1

Dear Mr. Johnston,

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), Canada’s national association
representing Canadian organizations working globally in sustainable development and humanitarian
assistance, and its undersigned members are writing to ask the Leaders’ Debate Commission to
include questions on Canada’s foreign policy and international development efforts during the
leaders’ debates the week of October 7.

Canadians care about their country’s global reputation and are rightfully proud of all that Canada
and Canadians have accomplished through its diplomacy, military, trade, and development
engagements. From the Suez to Syria and from acid rain to anti-personnel landmines, Canada has a
strong tradition of constructive and impactful global engagement. Today’s rapidly changing world
will require continued agility and resolve by our elected government if Canada is to both influence
global change and adapt to it.

The Canadian population knows the importance of international assistance as part of this
engagement. A recent survey by Nanos and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) found that:

• 71% of Canadians agree we have a moral obligation to help people in developing countries.

• 90% see international aid as contributing to greater global stability and peace.

• 90% agree that when developing countries are stable places to work and live, we all benefit.

• 81% agree that Canada should do its fair share to help other countries.

Canadians understand that Canada does best when the rest of the world does well. Yet they also
substantially overestimate Canada’s international assistance – with Canada’s Official Development
Assistance now representing a near-all-time low relative to Gross National Income. This represents
the continuation of declining investment in international assistance over decades.

Canadians have a right to know how their leaders will lead, abroad just as at home. The leaders’
debates can play an important role in this regard. I trust our appeal will be taken into
consideration. I would welcome an opportunity to discuss this matter further with you and members
of your Advisory Board if appropriate.

Sincerely,

President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)

 

 

List of signatory organizations:

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Amnesty International Canada
Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)
Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
British Columbia Council for International Cooperation
Camfed Canada
Canadan Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association
Canadian Feed The Children
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
CCISD
CECI
Climate Action Network Canada
CODE
CoDevelopment Canada
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada
Crossroads International
Cuso International
Développement international Desjardins
Grandmothers Advocacy Network
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)
Islamic Relief Canada
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
L’Oeuvre Léger
Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
MCC Canada
MEDA
Northern Council for Global Cooperation
Nutrition International
Operation Eyesight Universal
Plan International Canada
RESULTS Canada
Right To Play
The Hunger Project
USC Canada
Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans frontières
WaterAid Canada
World University Service of Canada
World Vision Canada

Letter to Leaders’ Debate Commission

Media Advisory – Canadian Global Aid Leadership: Fact-Checking the Announcements

MEDIA ADVISORY 

 August 27th, 2019 

 

Canadian Global Aid Leadership: Fact-Checking the Announcements 

 

OTTAWA, ON – Following significant Canadian announcements to support global aid over the last two monthsthe Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is providing this advisory to share its analysis of Canadian aid by the numbers.   

 

Even with the federal Budget commitments of 2018, Canada’s international development assistance lags behind its fair share among OECD countries. The country’s current ratio of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Gross National Income (GNI) is 0.28% according to the OECD – below the OECD average of 0.31% and below the previous government’s average of 0.30%. Announcements made this summer (see factsheet) were well received by Canadian stakeholders, including CCIC, but do not change these calculations. 

 

The many OECD countries outperforming Canada’s commitments to ODA are led by governments situated throughout the political spectrum.  This includes the centre-right governments in Canada’s two competitor countries for a UN Security Council seat in 2021: Ireland and Norway.  Both have either surpassed or committed to reaching the globally agreed ODA target of 0.7% of GNI.   

 

For more facts on Canadian Aid consult the factsheet.  

  

Quotes from Nicolas Moyer, CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation 

Based on relative ODA contributionsCanada is not ‘back’.  Compared to its peers in the OECD, it’s at the back of the pack.  

 

Canada’s international development assistance is well below the country’s historical performance. In fact, the current government will have the lowest average of any government in fifty years; since record-keeping began.”  

 

“ODA is not partisan. Whichever party wins the coming federal elections, Canada can and must do more to defend and embody Canadian values. It’s only fair. And it’s also smart. A fairer, more sustainable, and safer world is one in which Canada can maximize its global influence and impact. It is also a world in which Canadians and Canadian businesses can prosper.” 

  

About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)  

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.  

 

CCIC will survey leaders of federal political parties on their positions regarding international co-operation issues. Results of the survey will be available on our site here 

 

Media Contact: 

Thida Ith, Media and Communications Officer
tith@ccic.ca
Phone: (613) 241-7007 ext. 343
Cell phone: (437) 779-0883 

 

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