By David R. Morrison
Aid and Ebb Tide: A historical past of CIDA and Canadian improvement Assistance examines Canada’s combined checklist in view that 1950 in moving over $50 billion in capital and services to constructing international locations via ODA. It focuses particularly at the Canadian foreign improvement corporation (CIDA), the association mainly accountable for providing Canada’s improvement counsel. Aid and Ebb Tide demands a renewed and reformed Canadian dedication to improvement co-operation at a time whilst the space among the world’s richest and poorest has been widening alarmingly and thousands are nonetheless being born into poverty and human lack of confidence.
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55 Though the Trudeau government did not agree to the proposed target, activity increased. In appointing a new president of CIDA in 1983, the prime minister chose in Margaret Catley-Carlson someone especially gifted at reaching out and rekindling support for the aid program. Her efforts coincided with a generous response from Canadians to the plight of Ethiopians afflicted by drought and civil war in 1984-85. Polls showed public approval for aid on the upswing to an all-time high. After another parliamentary committee highlighted outreach as a priority in 1987, the Mulroney government promised to achieve the 1 per cent threshold in what was then a growing ODA budget.
Still, while the activity was marginal in terms of overall government operations, parliamentary appropriations grew, and the geographical scope of bilateral assistance spread from former British colonies in the Indian sub-continent to other regions of Asia, and to newly independent members of the Commonwealth in Africa and the Caribbean. A few ambitious capital projects were undertaken, a modest technical assistance program was launched, and arrangements were made for delivering food, commodity, and emergency aid.
The prospect of financial transfers to geographically and culturally remote and distant lands was another matter—the recent communist revolution in China notwithstanding. Lester Pearson, Canada's secretary of state for External Affairs, had already helped transform the British Empire into a new Commonwealth of Nations by playing a key role in enabling India to remain a member on becoming a republic. Though doubtful about the aid scheme, he agreed to participate in the January 1950 meeting of Commonwealth foreign ministers that gave birth to the Colombo Plan.
Aid and Ebb Tide: A History of CIDA and Canadian Development Assistance by David R. Morrison