Let’s REVERSE THE CUTS to international development assistance!

Public Engagement Director, RESULTS Canada

Last March, the federal government announced a reduction of $319 million over 3 years (more than 8 percent) to the budget of Canada’s international development agency, CIDA.

Today, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, several member agencies of Make Poverty History are launching a campaign to REVERSE THE CUTS.

We can afford more aid. The $319 million cut is less than $10 per Canadian. Isn’t helping the poor worth five large coffees to you? This cut is equivalent to the cost of one of the sixty-five F-35 fighter jets the Government wants to buy.

Most Canadians agree. Polling confirms that the majority of Canadians believe we have a moral obligation to assist those in the developing world. Over half believe the Government carries the primary responsibility for ensuring we meet this obligation.

Aid works. Since 1990, the number of children dying before the age of five has dropped from 12 million to 6.9 million. The number of out of school children has declined by 30 million in the past decade to 61 million.

Now is the time to act. The 2013 Federal Budget is when the Government can reverse the cuts. And the time to influence that is NOW.

If we all raise our voices we shall be heard. Let’s stand by the struggling families who need our assistance.

Here is what you can do:

  1. ‘Like’ the REVERSE THE CUTS Facebook page today – ‘share’ with your friends.
  2. Write or visit your MP and tell them why you want to the Government to REVERSE THE CUTS in the 2013 Budget.
  3. Write a letter to the editor outlining why it is important to REVERSE THE CUTS.
  4. Ask organizations you’re affiliated with (your employer, your faith group, unions, etc.) to endorse the campaign.
  5. Check back on the REVERSE THE CUTS Facebook page or on www.reversethecuts.ca for support, tools and updates.

Thank you for joining with us.