16,500 Canadian ONE members take action

16,500 Canadian ONE members take action

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Every country has is known for a specialty, delicacy, trend, or quirk, which helps provide a glimpse into its rich and varied identity. Italy has its pizza and gelato, Australia has kangaroos, France has the Eiffel Tower. When we think of our neighbors to the north, your mind may first jump to its staggering natural landscapes, maple syrup, passion for winter sports, or infamously polite citizenry.

While all these things may be true, Canada should also be known as a nation dedicated to creating a more peaceful and prosperous world. Canadian public opinion deeply values Canada’s leadership role in the world, as is often demonstrated in their extensive involvement in international peace keeping operations the world over. Today, Canadians continue this proud commitment to international development with an increasing focus on funding life-saving development programs.

This week, Matt Leffingwell, ONE’s Senior Director of U.S. and Canada Government Relations travelled to Ottawa to deliver a petition on behalf of 16,500 Canadian ONE members urging the Ministry of Finance to protect funding for poverty fighting programs at a critical time. Canada is facing serious budget challenges spurred on by the plummeting price of oil. With every $5 drop in the price of oil per barrel, there is $5 billion less in the economy. As the price of a barrel of oil has dropped from nearly $100 to close to $50 in recent months, the potential budget deficit is staggering.

Acting at this key time, thousands of Canadians who know that now is not the time to cut poverty fighting programs voiced their support of protecting the developmental budget. In an advocacy community very different than our own, this action was meant to stand out and send a strong message to members of parliament not as accustomed to receiving petitions.

With all eyes on Canada as they enter a year with elections for Prime Minister and as they host major international sporting events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Canada is well poised to prove themselves as a leading global citizen in support of meaningful international development.

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