The world needs "more Canada." So say celebs (Bono) and politicians (Obama). And so say Canadians! Watch a fun and revealing video as we took to the streets to get your thoughts on aid.
For more information on the ideas raised in the video, see our Q&A .
So what does “more Canada” look like in practice? In a world where almost six million children still die each year from mostly preventable causes, a good place to start is to increase aid in next year's budget.
Government leaders need to hear from you.
You can send a message to Finance Minister Morneau and continue the conversation over social media with the hashtag #MoreCanada.
Today, we know how to save lives and help children and families improve their wellbeing. Since 1990, the global under-5 mortality rate has been cut in half, school enrolment rates reached 91 percent, and more than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty.
Aid is not the only reason for these breakthroughs, but it plays a critical role. And Canadians can be proud of the fact that Canadian aid is helping children around the world. For example:
- 5.8 million children received lifesaving vaccinations
- 11 million bed nets distributed to protect against malaria
- 180 million children reached with vitamin A
It's clear, Canadian aid is working.
Canadians see our country as playing a positive role on the world stage. And for good reason. We are a leader in maternal and child health, humanitarian assistance, and education. Canada's financial commitments are saving and improving millions of lives.
The current government recently hosted the successful Global Fund Replenishment Conference, where countries met the $13 billion funding goal to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. And we have enthusiastically endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals - an ambitious set of global goals to end poverty by 2030. There are all great initiatives.
Government is setting priorities for Budget 2017 now.
Please send your letter to Canada's Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau today, asking him to increase Canadian aid in next year's budget.