Canada allocated USD100 million to support new security and development projects in Afghanistan. The fresh aid package ups Canada’s total Afghanistan budget to USD280 million for 2008, a positive step towards realizing the North American nation’s objective of doubling international assistance to USD5 billion by 2010. “There’s enough money in the system, in the defense budget and in CIDA’s budget to do what we need to do,” said Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae. “It’s really about the focus of the mission. It’s about the political will to reorganize the mission and to do that in cooperation with a number of other NATO countries that we have to work with in order to make it happen,” he added.
Source: USD100 million boost pegged for aid to Afghanistan (The Toronto Star)