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Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino answers a question during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday, January 30, 2014.
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino answers a question during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday, January 30, 2014.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Why Canada's foreign aid plummeted in 2013

When the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation released new figures on global foreign aid spending earlier this week, development advocates in Canada cringed.

The OECD data shows that the amount of foreign aid Canada gives to low- and medium- income countries in 2013 had shrunk by more than 11 per cent compared with the previous year – the second biggest drop of any single donor country. Only Portugal, which was forced to slash government expenditures as part of an economic bailout package, reduced foreign aid spending by a greater proportion.