Tell your MP: Keep aid focused on poverty and rights.
Big changes are under way in Canada's aid program. As part of budget Bill C-60, the federal government plans to merge the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
Let’s make sure that ending poverty and promoting human rights remain at the heart of Canada's international development efforts. Please reach out to your Member of Parliament.
Act right now. The House of Commons is due to vote on Bill C-60 very soon.
Visit the Oxfam website to view, modify and sign this letter:
I am a constituent in your riding and I care about ending global poverty and promoting human rights.
I am concerned about the implications of folding the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Trade is important for development, but it cannot replace concerted efforts to eradicate poverty and promote human rights.
For the past 45 years, CIDA has supported the work of Canadian organizations to help poor communities gain access to schools and health care, to have enough to eat, and to ensure women and others can exercise their rights.
We have seen the results of this good work. And I want Canada to remain as engaged as I am.
I am asking you to keep poverty reduction and human rights promotion central in Canada’s aid program, and to allocate sufficient resources to fulfill that mandate.
I also would like you to ensure that the many Canadian organizations which have done such good work remain key partners of the federal government in its efforts to end global poverty.
I hope you share these concerns and I kindly ask you to raise these issues in caucus, with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and in the House of Commons.
Thank you very much for your time and support. Please let me know how you follow up on this important issue.
Visit Oxfam's website to send this letter electronically.