Lester Pearson’s challenge

Canada needs to provide more to aid overseas development

I would like to congratulate the House of Lords for passing historic legislation which requires the British government to allocate 0.7 per cent of their GDP to Overseas Development Assistance.

Why this is of such interest to Canadians is because of our Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, who in 1969 challenged the developed countries to achieve this level of funding to those countries less fortunate than us.

Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Luxemburg and now Britain have achieved that target. Unfortunately, despite promises by several governments, Canada is still below 0.3 per cent. Perhaps it is time for us to pass such a law in Ottawa and honour the memory of a great man.

Sam Weller

 

Oak Bay