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Industry Minister Christian Paradis responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday October 23, 2012.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday October 23, 2012.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Two reasons why $290-million in foreign aid went unspent

Canada’s international development minister is defending his government’s record on foreign aid, saying a recent lapse in spending by the Canadian International Development Agency occurred largely because of instability in two of Canada’s priority countries.

Christian Paradis told The Globe and Mail in an interview last week that the agency spent less money than budgeted because of a review looking at how Canada’s aid to Haiti was being spent and the coup d’etat that occurred in Mali. Official government figures show that $290-million in money that had been allocated for foreign aid in the 2012-2013 fiscal year went unspent, leading critics to accuse the Conservative government of attempting to cut foreign aid through the back door.