John McKay Questions Minister on ODA Report

October-09-09

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 08/10/2009 15:01:59
Context : Question

    Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, study after study criticized the ineffectiveness of Canada's foreign aid. Hence Parliament last year passed unanimously Bill C-293.
    Bill C-293 requires three things: one, that the aid be effective in reducing poverty; two, that it take into account the perspective of the poor; and three, that it be in compliance with international human rights standards.
    In the minister's report on the bill deposited last week in the House she fails to comment on two out of the three criteria.
    How could the minister possibly say that she is in compliance with this legislation?

    Hon. Bev Oda (Minister of International Cooperation, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we were very pleased to table the report as required under the new Federal Accountability Act and in fact we do meet all the requirements.
    I would point out to the House that not only do we comply but actually report on real results that are being taken by CIDA in the international world.
    We have doubled our aid to Africa. We have untied our food aid. These actions are going to make a real difference in effectiveness and getting real results.