A quick guide to The Globe's range of opinion on the federal government's decision to end the 45 year-old foreign aid agency
Janice Gross Stein
Ending CIDA’s independence can only make our foreign policy more coherent
"...This restructuring offers a real opportunity to improve the quality of our programming and to push scarce dollars to the poor as the costs in Ottawa go down."
Here for the full opinion from the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Janice Gross Stein. Tom Sandler
Once a leader, Canada disappearing from the developing world
"...we have become an also-ran, absenting ourselves on critical development issues, cutting aid to the poorest, stalling projects, driving NGOs to bankruptcy and using aid money in the most blatant ways to promote short-term Canadian commercial interests."
Here for full opinion from the author of Freedom from want
In merging aid with foreign affairs, Baird has his work cut out for him
"...Institutional integration is difficult at the best of times, as we have seen all too often in the private as well as the public sector, and success is not the norm."
Here for full opinion from the former minister of external affairs.
Barbara McDougall Arantxa Cedillo / Veras
Ending CIDA is a bold and admirable move
"...the mechanics of an integrated foreign policy are welcome and needed. But now we need a comprehensive policy to make it effective."
Here for full opinion from the former minister of foreign affairs
Lloyd Axworthy, President and Chancellor of Univ. of Winnipeg
CIDA: The strange life and quiet death of Canada’s foreign aid experiment
"...There are still good reasons to maintain a helping hand in the poorest corners, but the end of development aid is not something to lament."
Here, for the full column from The Globe's foreign affairs writer
Doug Saunder The Globe and Mai
Lucas Robinson and Owen Barder
Let’s not forget that development is more than just CIDA
"...CIDA’s move into the newly titled Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development is both a risk and an opportunity. The risk is that development becomes a secondary goal in a department with bigger fish to fry.
Here for full opinion from the global development experts.
A shelter camp in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Deborah Baic
CIDA move not radical. Canada is just playing catch up
"...notwithstanding best efforts at the senior political level, whether the government of the day was Conservative or Liberal, there has too often been a disconnect in the field in the conduct of our foreign policy objectives and delivery of development assistance."
Here for full opinion from the former Canadian diplomat
A Canadian flag flies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld
CIDA merger is fine, but fundamental questions of policy remain unresolved
"...As we have learned many times, however, the process of bureaucratic reorganization can solve some problems but create new ones – particularly when fundamental questions of policy remain unresolved.
Here for full opinion from the founding director of the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies
Shutting down CIDA reveals that Ottawa’s cupboard of ideas is bare
"...The CIDA move, like much of Canadian foreign policy, will nary be felt outside of Ottawa. With little capacity to shoot beyond our borders .... we are once again left talking to ourselves."
Here for the full opinion from the assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
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