7 ways Conservatives transformed foreign aid

By Flavie Halais 21 September 2015

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by: Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 19 to elect a new government. After nine years of Conservative leadership, with two minority governments, then a majority from 2011, polls show the balance of power could shift in favor of the New Democratic Party or the Liberals.

This would signify the end of a decade marked by dramatic shifts in terms of Canada’s stance on international affairs, with increased military involvement, disengagement from multilateral organizations and a considerably reduced foreign aid budget, among other changes.

Devex takes a look at the most striking actions and policies taken by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

1. Froze foreign aid spending.

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Flavie Halais is a freelance journalist based in Montreal who covers cities and international social issues. In 2013-2014, Flavie was an Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Fellow, reporting for Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya. She’s also reported from Rwanda, Brazil and Colombia.


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