Cutting Canadian aid spending is wrong

Opinion

To the Editor:

The Conservative Party of Canada just announced that, if elected, they would cut Canadian aid spending by 25 per cent (or $1.5 billion). They plan to use the savings to fund domestic tax cuts. This is a wrong-headed decision.

Investments in aid are essential to the health and security of Canadians. Without continued commitments we risk reversing progress against poverty and infectious diseases.

According to a recent survey, 94 per cent of Canadians believe it’s important to improve the health, education and economic opportunity for people living in poverty around the world. Apparently, Andrew Scheer forgot to check.

Randy Rudolph

Calgary, AB