Parliamentarians back in Ottawa for the Winter session!

On January 27, Senators and MPs returned to Ottawa for the busy winter sitting of parliament. A key highlight so far has been the tabling of the federal budget by the Minister of Finance on February 11th. In way of foreign aid, the federal budget contains no further cuts from the 8% or $377 million from international assistance by 2014-15 that was announced in the 2012 budget. However, in 2012-13, $370 million was actually cut from Canada’s aid budget including roughly $290 million in unspent money that was [...]

CAPPD member & Liberal critic for International Development and the Status of Women, Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North) Commemorates International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, let all Canadian parliamentarians come together to tackle the long-standing issue of early and forced marriages.

UN agencies such as UNICEF have been raising this issue for decades, as have many European donors. Such focus would be reflective of Canada’s earlier support for such initiatives as the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Beijing Platform for Action.

A girl should have the right to choose whom she marries and when she marries; and no girl should be robbed of her childhood.


CAPPD’s Chair receives response to Question on the Order Paper

On November 22, 2013, NDP MP and CAPPD Chair, Ms. Rathika Sitsabaiesan posed a question to Minister of International Development, Mr. Christian Paradis on Canada’s support for sexual and reproductive health, globally. On January NDP MP and CAPPD Chair, Ms. Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s received a response from the Minister of International Development.

The question was, with regard to government spending on family planning initiatives:

(a) What is the total amount of funding that has been disbursed so far as part of the Muskoka Initiative, broken down by specific category or initiative; (b) What [...]