Canada steps up in Darfur!
I’m really happy that Canada is taking a lead role in this.
International donors, led by Canada, yesterday pledged an additional $200 million US to fund the African Union peacekeeping operation in Darfur. The Canadian pledge, by far the largest at a conference to raise money to stop the violence in western Sudan, promised the equivalent of $134 million US. The added donation, originally announced by Prime Minister Paul Martin this month, is on top of a previous Canadian commitment of about $71 million to promote peace in Sudan, taking Canada’s overall pledge to some $205 million.
I wish we would have acted sooner but I am so glad we have acted in a substantial manner. I’d hate to think that I’d ever become a one issue voter but Canada’s role in the world is a huge issue for me. After reading Shake Hands with the Devil and watching Hotel Rwanda I’ve been deeply impacted by the need for western countries to support life even when we receive no benefit. I hope that more Americans, Brits, Aussies and Kiwis will take up this cause and pressure their governments to make a contribution.
Thank you David Kilgour for making this an issue in our parliament. I have no idea whether this latest package is an attempt to buy you back in to the Liberal fold and I really don’t care. Thank you Canada for doing the right thing.