Mother, child and big business: Conservatives lay out plans for foreign aid - 2015-05-13
Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown left a conference of international development experts in the dark about the government's future spending on foreign aid and sidelined global planning on poverty from Canada's own goals Tuesday.
Brown, the Harper government's parliamentary secretary for international development, also described the goal to contribute 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) to foreign aid a relic of a bygone era, despite being confronted with the fact that it is a stated policy in the United Kingdom.
During a speech and Q&A session at the Canadian Council of International Cooperation's annual conference in Gatineau, Brown repeatedly referred to the inevitability of reliance on the private sector for aid money and development work, including through the recently announced $300-million development financing institution. She was briefly confronted about her government's inaction on climate change but swatted the questions away by telling a story about recent breakthroughs in mango transportation.