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Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with students at a vocational school in Dakar, Senegal, on Oct. 11, 2012.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with students at a vocational school in Dakar, Senegal, on Oct. 11, 2012.
(JOE PENNEY/REUTERS)

One country kept secret in list of who gets Canada’s foreign aid

Last year, bureaucrats at the Canadian International Development Agency produced a report outlining what Canada could expect to gain by continuing to provide foreign aid to dozens of developing countries.

The report, obtained by The Globe and Mail under access-to-information legislation, suggests Canada’s commercial interests have become an important factor in determining how much aid should be provided to individual countries. Trade and investment prospects were listed as important reasons for providing ongoing aid to many of the countries in the report.