Beverley Oda: CIDA Document Altered

A memorandum by the Canadian International Development Agency on the approval of funding for a church-based organization has been tampered with, according to Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverley Oda.

The two-page document recommending the approval of some 7.09 million Canadian dollars (USD7.03 million) for Kairos’ human rights activities was originally signed by two top CIDA officials in September 2009. But a handwritten “NOT” was inserted between the words “you” and “approve” on the memorandum’s last line, Toronto Sun reports.

Oda said she did not know who added the word “not.” CIDA’s funding for Kairos has been cancelled.

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The minister also said she did not personally sign the memorandum, which bears her signature, but made the decision.

“It’s my signature, which is either a pen-signed or a personal-signed … I do not sign, as any minister does not sign, every document required to be signed,” Oda explained.

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