Geddes: Canada Boosts Sports Funding but Freezes Aid

Canada has frozen its aid funding at 5 billion Canadian dollars (around USD4.8 billion) as this year’s Winter Olympics host announced an increase in sports funding by about USD15.5 billion, political commentator John Geddes wrote in an opinion blog at Macleans.ca over the weekend.

Geddes noted that the Canadian aid budget placed the country “near the bottom of the heap” of aid funding among wealthy countries, even while Canadians were at a high in sharing “a sense of obligation” because of the Haiti quake.

In contrast, the government allotted an additional USD5.8 million to develop medal-prospect athletes and earmarked USD10 million to train amateur athletes.

“And here’s the part that should make us all ashamed. The government probably called it right, in terms of the popular reaction. Had sports funding not gotten a boost, there would certainly have been a heated outcry. Making aid spending the single biggest target of restraint has been met mostly with cold indifference,” Geddes wrote.

About the author

  • Tarra Quismundo

    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.

Join the Discussion