Canadian Lutheran World Relief welcomes Canada’s commitment to reducing poverty

CLWR_logomark_blue-boxWinnipeg, MB – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) welcomes legislation on the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Bill C-60, which was tabled in Parliament on April 30, 2013, provides guidelines on the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

While the current Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act says little about the role of the Minister of International Cooperation, Bill C-60 clearly spells out the duties of the new Minister for International Development.

The Minister will oversee Canada’s contributions to sustainable international development and poverty reduction in developing countries, and will be responsible for providing humanitarian assistance during crises. The current CIDA President will take the role of Deputy Minister.

“We can be successful in reducing poverty and human suffering by making sure the needs of the poor come first,” says Robert Granke, executive director of CLWR. “We are pleased that those who are most vulnerable will be central to the mandate and activities of the Minister for International Development.”

The legislation also says that Canada’s development and aid efforts should reflect the values of Canadians.

“Canadian Lutherans have shown time and again their compassion and generosity in serving the needs of those who are suffering,” says Granke.

Contact: Jennifer Clark, Program Assistant – Community Relations
1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) or jennifer@clwr.mb.ca

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief carries out international relief, development, and refugee resettlement on behalf of Lutherans in Canada. Our vision is a world where people live in justice, peace and dignity, united in diversity, and empowered to achieve their universal rights to basic needs and quality of life. www.clwr.org

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