The inhumanity of cutting Canadian aid to countries in need - 2019-10-06
It is a bad idea to cut off your nose to spite your face. Similarly, it would be a catastrophic move for Canada's next prime minister to scrap international development assistance.
Yet two party leaders, Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer, propose to do exactly that. Scheer wants a 25 per cent reduction in Canada's spending on development assistance, while Bernier calls for an almost complete elimination of it.
Such promises are reckless and deeply misguided. Cutting development assistance in the ways that Scheer and Bernier suggest reveals an alarming misunderstanding of what aid is.