Today I would like to discuss in greater detail something I’ve written briefly of once before. Namely, the out of control foreign aid and international support systems patronized by the Canadian Government by way of the federal agency formerly known as C.I.D.A. (the Canadian International Development Agency). C.I.D.A. was eventually amalgamated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (D.F.A.I.T.) on April 5, 2013 and then aptly renamed Global Affairs Canada two years later.  In my opinion “Global Affairs Canada” (or whatever ridiculous name it may choose to go by in the future) is an unstoppable headless blunder that demonstrates virtually no accountability to Canadian taxpayers.
In my article, Earned Not Granted, I spoke of the dilemma inherent to the Canadian Federal Government throwing alms to the third world with little prudence and seemingly no restraint while Canada is figuratively foundering in debt. Basically, I argued, (to quote myself) that, ahem:
“The Canadian Government should play no role whatsoever in foreign relief” and that “Canada needs to cease and desist with all forms of foreign aid until our own debts are paid in full. To do otherwise can in no way be viewed as positive benevolence. In reality, such behavior can only be viewed as a criminal act, perpetuated by our federal government against its own inhabitants.” 
I believe this today as ardently today as I did back in July 2013, more so as time wears on, and Canada becomes progressively weaker financially, slipping on banana peel after banana peel, growing more and more politically enfeebled. It’s time that we, as a nation, begin to take responsibility for our government’s frivolous spending habits, balance our books and disassemble the foreign aid money wasting machine.
It is important to realize that indebting our children by showering money on culturally dissimilar, ethnically alien and in many cases unabashedly corrupt nations is, in fact, an offence against Canada and most certainly another farce perpetuated by our own corrupt government agencies. We are quite literally throwing money in the global trash bin when it has already been proven, repeatedly, that the bulk of foreign aid has little to no lasting long term effect. This brief essay will attempt to examine some of the origins of the foreign aid industry in Canada as well as highlight some particularly vexing examples of its present day misuse.
Let’s first examine C.I.D.A., the Canadian International Development Agency, otherwise known as D.F.A.I.T., alias ‘Global Affairs Canada’. Global Affairs Canada, apparently, is “responsible for administering most of Canada’s official co-operation program with developing countries and countries in transition… Global Affairs Canada now has a presence in over 100 countries and manages a budget of approximately $2.1+ billion a year. Global Affairs Canada’s mandate is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.”  To put it in perspective, the yearly budget afforded to Global Affairs Canada’s ‘mandate’ is roughly double what it is conjectured to cost to bring the 25,000 Syrians, the Liberal’s favourite pet project, to Canada and service them for 6 years (if that number doesn’t also become inflated).
From 2011 – 2012 alone, Ottawa spent CAD $5.67 billion on foreign aid. Allow me to repeat this: five point six seven billion. And then another CAD $4.9 billion in 2014.  This qualifies us for the coveted socialist label of “strong aid champion”  globally. We are considered a ‘rich western nation’, a crucible of benevolence, a caring overweight man with a cherry nose, a beard and a red maple leaf jumpsuit that every year comes down the exhaust pipe of the world and showers gifts on the impoverished dustbins around the planet.
To put things in perspective, that’s just slightly more than the Feds spend on departments of health, the environment and the Canada Food Inspection Agency combined. Foreign aid also costs more than the cumulative budgets of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency. 44 countries received Canadian funding in 2011-2012, with the bulk of the funding going to a handful of targeted nations. The top three recipients of Canadian foreign aid are Ethiopia ($208 million), Haiti ($204 million) and Tanzania ($181 million). 
The money being squandered is a truly staggering sum, and the fact of the matter is that most Canadians are blissfully unaware that it’s even taking place, systematically, that we collectively are having our money extracted and handed away. Canadian families are struggling while taxes and inflation soar to ever greater heights. With higher taxes comes the truncation of autonomy and liberty, freedoms begin to diminish. Our dependence on the welfare state increases and our own citizens begin to falter beneath the wheel.
And then people begin to turn to absurd alternatives like the NDP and the Liberals out of desperation and the thrilled need for ‘change’. Hey mister… you got any change? They vote for an empty headed idiot with a popular family namesake and a flashy gullwing Mercedes-Benz . Soon the millstone around many tax payers’ necks becomes too great a burden to bear, and, as seen in communist dictatorships around the globe, eventually it makes less and less sense to work within the framework of the system as time wears on. Why try to compete when Capitalism has been perverted and legitimate trade of goods and services has been rendered nothing but a trick bag?  And yet, our government continues to advertise that “Canada provides immediate aid to any state regardless of its government or its human rights record – to save, or at least to extend, the lives of innocent civilians caught up in a disaster.” 
It would be almost comical if the money weren’t flowing to some of the most corrupt places on the planet, places in which most foreign aid is misused and distributed like party crackers among the ruling despots and their henchmen and withheld from the poverty stricken people who need it, yet who receive practically nothing. It would be humourous if Canada weren’t also importing record numbers of physically ailing, culturally bankrupt and financially destitute third world immigrants with promises of a ‘better life’ at the same time. It sometimes seems that we cannot give away our future fast enough or with less foresight.
On this line of thought, I often ponder that the countries composing Canada’s largest immigration and refugee pools are often also the most afflicted, unstable and impoverished. Does it not stand to reason that the indigenous inhabitants of these 3rd world host countries might have on some level contributed to making them mediocre wastelands in the first place? Why is it that the native inhabitants of any given country are never ascribed any responsibility for the state of their own homelands? Why are our standards of quality so consistently low when screening for future Canadian citizens?
They’re just ‘innocent victims’, we are told: victims of poor natural resources, backwards governments, civil war, overpopulation or ISIL. So many excuses, so many reasons why they can’t succeed without our support. And they don’t want our money, we’re told… heavens no. It’s our standard of living, our quality of life they seek. Ludicrous nonsense culminating with the recent Liberal Canadian pledge: “resettlement” to 25,000 Syrian immigrants. The so called “Syrian Refugee Crisis” will now cost Canada 1.2 billion dollars, assuming that the Liberals don’t double the number of Syrians to 50,000 as they are now intimating . There is a great irony in the fact that, although we are constantly reminded by the media that “they don’t want our money”, nobody is prepared to step forward and put an end to the spending, least of all our new Liberal handlers, who are already mumbling about increasing refugee numbers ever higher.
But let’s get back to the foreign aid debacle; I tend to get distracted quite easily when it comes to the horrorshow of the Canadian immigration system. One of the greatest examples of hypocrisy and misguided spending in the history of Canadian foreign aid would definitely have to have been our support of China. I use the past tense because Canada’s Federal Government finally conceded to media scrutiny and public indignation, halting payment to China in March 2013.
It must have been a begrudging, hard-fought compromise indeed for C.I.D.A. to finally pull the plug on this ‘developing’ nation after so many years of sustained benevolence. It’s hard to stop jumping from one foot to another while still getting paid. But, based on China having been labelled an economic superpower, tax payers began to grumble and public opinion shifted. Owning a huge quantity of the American debt also might have had something to do with it (the Chinese military is today funded primarily through foreign debt and is so vast that, including reserve members, it could post a soldier in two-thirds of Canadian homes… if they felt so inclined. ). It was finally time to wean the baby, so to speak.
But this cessation came only after an astonishing amount of money had already been pumped into Chinese coffers. In 2010-2011 alone “Canadian taxpayers contributed close to $30 million to China, via both bilateral and multilateral channels.”  Bilateral implies, of course, that the money is being handed straight to foreign government cronies by our government cronies, while multilateral means that the money is being channelled through international quasi-government organizations, international agencies, such as the World Bank or regional development banks, for use providing aid within the target country (thereby a transfer from the hands of the crooked government into the hands of questionable international aid agencies.)  In one form or another, Canada has shovelled money into the Chinese economy for over 70 years. Incredibly, Canada, by way of ‘Mutual Aid’ has thrown alms to the Chinese Government, as it existed in one form or another, since September 1945 .
How is it possible that this came to pass, and by what right? Quite simply, the aid payments initially commenced with a simple wartime loan, persisted, and eventually became policy. Originally, at the conclusion of WWII, CAD 25 Million was provided for ordinance and CAD 35 Million for reconstruction supplies during wartime. It was understood that this was credit to an “Allied Nation” (Japan was in the process of surrendering at the time) and it was implied that the money would never, in likelihood, be repaid.
And, as predicted, the new communist regime, The People’s Republic of China, officially established by Mao Zedong in 1949, was incapable of meeting virtually any loan repayments. And so it went. Canadian ‘assistance’ continued on throughout the years, for a variety of reasons, right up until 2013. It is only now, since China’s ascension to dizzying, world-threatening heights, that Canada finally deigned to stop paying them tribute.
Looking briefly to the origins of foreign aid, interestingly, virtually all Canadian assistance policies were conceived in the wake of the World Wars. Like so many other altruistic agendas later hijacked by big government (such as income tax, for example), Canada started providing foreign aid at the conclusion of WWII.
Canada and America banded together in the aftermath to assist in the rebuilding of war-torn Europe in what came to be known as the “Marshall Plan” or “The European Recovery Program”. This proposal was put forth by U.S. Secretary of State, George Marshall, and came to be implemented from 1948 – 1953. Canada joined the United States in assisting several European countries (mainly Germany) by shipping $706 million in food, equipment and raw materials to Europe and East Asia. Canada and the U.S. contributed a total of $13.5 million in economic aid to numerous European countries devastated by the war , a very large amount of money for this time period.
These provisions made sense to everyone in the wake of the Second World War and were arguably justified. It’s worthy to note that China had been on the receiving end of the bulk of Japan’s depredations during the end of the war and was, for all practical considerations, devastated from the onslaught, as illustrated by the Rape of Nanking.  Financial support, therefore, wasn’t considered out of line, and we were far from alone globally in our assistance efforts. The victors of the great wars ensured that the world as one began the slow process of recovery together.
Unfortunately, from this point on, things began to unravel. After the Marshall Plan had met with such great success, an optimistic zeitgeist swept North America. In 1950 our government decided to continue with the benevolence and keep the charity money rolling. Hell holes needed filling, and Canadians seemed to revel in their collective strength. There was poverty, and we felt opulent, benevolent and grateful to be alive. The country was beginning to boom economically and many, it seemed, had a deep-seated guilt after the atrocities of WWII were reckoned with.
And so it went, like the proverbial giving tree. “And the tree was happy”.  Canada had gotten into the habit of just giving away ‘money for nothing’, as the song goes.  Over decades the amount of money allocated to such ideals began to swell. Patterns began to form and money started flowing steadily to needy countries around the globe. Big government, never needing an excuse to increase its influence, control and authority, continued to do what it always does best: it acted as an intermediary, taking money it didn’t earn and transferring it to others at a cost.
I find it horribly ironic that Canada supported China for as long as it did under the guise that they were somehow an “ally nation” (not to be confused with, say, an axis nation or some other ‘ally’ nation such as Soviet Russia, which was flatly refused charity of any kind), and later made a point of handing bilateral aid to other, morally identical countries (such as North Korea, for example.)
Since 2005, Canada has provided over CAD 26 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to critical needs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, entirely through international organizations such as the World Food Program and the Red Cross . It was argued by C.I.D.A. that Canada wasn’t supporting communists, but that they were helping assist exploited rural citizens, the poor small villagers, and the desperately impoverished. It didn’t matter what China or North Korea’s politics looked like, so long as suffering people received relief. It could thereby be argued that Canada has been giving money to hostile, morally degenerate regimes literally for decades.
Let us briefly look to some of Canada’s other quixotic crusades for further examples of the misappropriation of Canadian taxpayer dollars. Since there are so many examples, we will limit our scrutiny to countries appearing on Canada’s top 10 list of beneficiaries.
Let’s look at Kenya, for example. Kenya has, and continues to be, a veritable money sink for Canadian munificence and a bastion of corruption. In 2010, corrupt administrators in Kenya’s Ministry of Education managed to misappropriate approximately 100 million dollars. This money was intended for books, literacy programs and numerous other curricula for impoverished children. Needless to say, the money never made it to the students. The Canadian International Development Agency, in charge of handing over the money at that time, was then tasked with auditing the Kenyan Government, demanding back approximately 2 million dollars in reparations.  Needless to say, this never happened. The money was long since spent and could not be recovered.
Or what about Ethiopia? Simultaneously one of the most impoverished, yet politically unethical countries on the planet. In the years preceding 2010, Canada knowingly gave Ethiopia approximately CAD 400 million despite the awareness that the money was often being selectively channeled to civilians based on their political affiliations. That’s right; research revealed that local Ethiopian officials were systematically denying assistance to people perceived as political opponents. Impoverished farmers, for example, dependent upon the aid, were fearful of being cut off if they spoke out against civil rights abuses in their communities.  Canada’s benevolence has made it possible for some of the cruelest Ethiopian government factions to keep a figurative boot stamping on the faces of the pitiable laypeople for quite some time.
And let’s not forget Haiti. God help us, Haiti. One of the worst-governed, poorest countries in the Americas, Haiti is the very definition of a failed foreign aid experiment. This hellish money vortex has been receiving colossal amounts of foreign aid from numerous countries, most notably the U.S.A., for decades. Since 2006 alone, Canada has poured $1 billion in funding into Haitian dumpsters with virtually no discernible effect. The Haitians have been almost entirely dependent on foreign aid since the 1970’s, when the U.S.A. started bucketing over 30 million per annum. For the past forty years it has been understood that:
If this kickstarting were going to do anything, it would have already. Aid is not working here… there is, by now, an entire economy here based not on revenues from production, labour, or natural resources, but on aid. Haiti’s chief natural resource has been human suffering, a thing so tangible it’s got a name here: la misère. They produce it by the sack full, and it’s a seller’s market. 
In other words, it’s a well known fact that the conditions in Haiti are not improving and never have. The Haitian economy, if such a thing even exists in truth, is being held in stasis only by way of sustained leverage, by ritual foreign funding. Like a brain dead patient on life support, the country has no hope of recovery. Haiti has become so reliant on incessant contributions that their monetary system has evolved to become completely dependent on the charity of others. International aid agencies are aware of the fact but refuse to stop pouring on the funds (which would put into question their own indispensable nature.) Between 2011 – 2012 Canada dumped $204 million into Haiti. After each monetary injection the country immediately reverted back to its natural downhill track of entropy.
And yet, shockingly, it would seem that in spite of all the money that Canada has spent over the years on the countries noted above and many others, our efforts are just not enough, according to many. In a 2014 editorial entitled ‘Canada must meet foreign aid commitments’ , it was argued that foreign aid is something that Canada and other nations should not just aspire to provide, but rather, be obligated to give. It’s apparently something that many impoverished countries bank on, so therefore pressure is exerted by lobbyists to maintain and even substantially increase payments per annum. Many wish to see the list of Canada’s beneficiary countries grow… substantially.
An example of this ideology might be most recent U.N. forum, ironically conducted in Dubai in January 2016, in which it was decided that, although private charitable donations reached an all time high last year, more money is still required of private citizens… much more. The United Nations came to the realization that 40 billion dollars per annum is what it would take to begin to get a handle on the world’s problems.  The 31-page U.N. report said that despite $25 billion being spent last year to provide life-saving assistance to people around the world, 1.6 million Syrian refugees had their food rations cut and 750,000 Syrian refugees could not attend school. Omigod!! Not the Syrians!
We are living in the age of “mega-crises”, didn’t you know? And the way to combat crisis? According to the UN, you guessed it, is by way of forced global attrition. The best means, they decided, was to implement another so-called ‘voluntary’ tax  on sports events such as soccer and football games. Altruism should no longer be founded on individual generosity alone. I’m reminded of an excerpt from A Clockwork Orange: “The common people will let it go. Oh yes… That is why they must be led, sir, driven, pushed!”.  If people haven’t the inclination towards altruism, then it must be thrust down their throats, in one form or another.
Another such past coercion attempt from 2014 comes to mind. A petition was put forth by an organization called ‘Engineers Without Borders’, in efforts to lobby the Canadian federal government. The villainous Conservative government of the day was attempting to pare back foreign aid spending, which had already been shaved to beneath 0.2% of the GDP. Many socialists were morally incensed that the Conservatives, in efforts to be conservative, had reduced the national foreign aid budget by CAD 800 million:
“We could have pointed out that it’s shameful that a country that touts itself as getting through the economic crisis relatively well is ranked 14th in the OECD in foreign aid,” said James Haga, an Engineers Without Borders official. “We could have pointed out how our national image is supposed to be that of a kind and generous Canadian.” 
Did you get that? We’re supposed to be kind and generous… it’s our national image… it’s incumbent upon us. This is who we are. The engineers had spoken, and what they wanted was the forced extraction of private Canadian citizen’s cash. And so, “in January, EWB collected 20,215 signatures from Canadians in just 12 days, calling upon our government to prevent further reductions in Canada’s foreign aid budget.”  Engineers Without Borders heroically stepped up to keep government hands deep in people’s pockets. If only they had known that they could have simply waited until October 19, 2015 for a shift in government to one sympathetic to their cause; much effort and many signatures could have been spared. 
But moving right along, I ought to quantify something here for those who begin to think me callous. I see nothing wrong with providing occasional short term assistance to countries in the aftermath of say, some terrible natural disaster or famine. I am a strong believer in charitable donation and global charity. But I must reiterate that this support should originate with, and exclusively be limited to individuals and private organizations, never becoming the ward of the state. Voluntary, citizen-based, channels are the only legitimate means of providing charity, and should not be displaced because the government feels somehow entitled or better equipped to ‘do it for us’.
Nepal, for example, suffered a devastating blow to its economy with the recent Gorkha earthquake on April 25, 2015.  Many say it will never recover. Should Canada step forward to assist in the wake of such a terrible disaster? Wholeheartedly and enthusiastically I answer, ‘yes’. But only insofar as it is initiated by private aid organizations and kept out of the hands of our bloated government factions who act on behalf of the ‘people’. It should be a voluntary action initiated by individuals and charitable organizations. We don’t need agencies such as the U.N. or C.I.D.A. (a.k.a D.F.A.T.D., a.k.a. ‘Global Affairs Canada’) or even the E.W.B. to tell us who to pity while exsanguinating money forcibly from our veins.
We must begin to recognize that many of Canada’s ‘top 20’ aid beneficiary nations are corrupt; they mishandle and misappropriate vast quantities of Canadian money. This makes it possible to continue with the exploitation and human rights violations that in many cases helped create much of the poverty in the first place.
Many officials in these third world nations, believing the aid is donated out of some kind of Capitalist guilt, treat foreign aid as political graft. Their sympathies lie with their own communist or extremist factions. Canadians are regarded all the while as naive benefactors, as sheep ready to be shorn or as suckers with fat wallets. Our former Conservative government had come to the realization that Canadian foreign aid had slipped out of control and therefore was attempting to pare it back. That kind of common sense has now completely vanished and the stops are once more being pulled out with full abandon.
And so I say again, It’s time Canada as a nation begins to address the realities of our balance sheets and get back into the black. It’s time to stop pouring wealth we don’t possess (a great quantity of aid instantly being heaped atop our already burgeoning debt) into the coffers of nations that cannot possibly begin to use our collectivist altruism in any constructive way. It’s time to pull the plug on the comatose, throwback parts of the planet that will persist in failure with or without Canadian support.
Let’s get the gravy train back to the roundhouse where it belongs and scrap it once and for all. Before the wreckage of our country is complete let us return to the guiding principles of sense and reason. Let us eradicate government agencies such as ‘Global Affairs Canada’, eliminate imperatives to give away large portions of our G.D.P. based on Canadian stereotypes, and remember that our own country must come first… especially as it hurtles headlong into the one of the worst recessions it has ever faced. If we persist with the naïve notion that Canada is the jovial, portly equivalent of Milburn Pennybags  with unending resources and unlimited altruism we are destined to a wreck, a fiscal abyss, out of which we may never return.