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The liberal government announced new spending in what they call “‘feminist’ foreign aid” to the tune of $150 million dollars.
The $150 million won’t be new money, it will be money taken from the foreign aid budget and allocated to the “feminist foreign aid” development policy over 5 years.
The new plan, unveiled Friday by International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, does reallocate $150 million of the existing aid budget to women’s organizations in 30 countries over the next five years.
The announcement caps a week of insight into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s international strategy, including updates from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Canada’s foreign and defence policies.
“Our partners were asking not for money; that was not the first thing they were asking (for),” Bibeau said.
“They were asking for leadership. They said, ‘We need Canada around the table, we need Canada to speak loud and clear about progressive values.”