The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada World Youth Concerned About The Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT

By: Canada World Youth | Press Release: MONTREAL – Minister Flaherty announced, on March 21st, the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Canada World Youth has enjoyed a strong working relationship with CIDA over the past 40 years [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Honduras passes new Canada-supported anti-democratic mining law

Honduran Mining Law Passed and Ratified, but the Fight is Not Over by Mining Watch Canada | Jan. 24, 2013: OTTAWA – On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the Honduran Congress quickly passed and ratified a new mining law that had been developed with support from the Canadian International Development Agency against the will of important sectors of href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/01/29/honduras-passes-new-canada-supported-anti-democratic-mining-law/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Ranting Canadian: Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The…

Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician

The dishonourable Julian “Mussolini” Fantino, Canada’s minister of international cooperation, was recently busted for ordering a pro-Conservative propaganda letter (signed by him) to be published on the website of  the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a non-partisan federal agency. After the MP for Vaughan was called out on his infraction, CIDA took the partisan letter off its website.

In addition to being full of lies and distortions about the centrist New Democratic Party (NDP), the attack ad broke government rules by being posted on tax-funded, party-neutral, public sector Continue reading

Canadian Progressive World: Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!

Disgraced ex-Durham MP, Bev Oda, begins her private life today, after a scandalous public life defined by profligacy, scandal, inefficiency and controversy. Canadians offer their final word on the former minister of International Co-operation and MP for Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada.

Canadian Progressive World: So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian Senate

300px Bev Oda UNDP 2010 150x150 So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian SenatePrime Minister Stephen Harper’s minister of international co-operation, Bev Oda, officially retires today. A sigh of relief! What a financial burden to the Canadian taxpayer the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham has been.

Oda earned the dubious honor of poster girl for misspending by Tory ministers:  $1,000 a day limo rides; $665 per night stint at London’s Savoy hotel in 2011, and $16 orange juice.  And, she “claimed more than $400,000 in travel and hospitality expenses during her time as Canada’s international co-operation minister”?

These figures are the defining cornerstones of Oda’s legacy as a Continue reading

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Bev Oda’s Sweet Double Resignation

GOOD RIDDANCE!

300px Bev Oda UNDP 2010 229x300 Bev Odas Sweet Double ResignationThe minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has resigned from both Stephen Harper’s cabinet and her elected position as Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham. The controversy-plagued Oda announced her resignation this morning without giving a clear explanation.

No doubt, the resignation is a bitter pre-emptive strike against Harper’s imminent cabinet reshuffle. She was a strong candidate for the boot.  Since 2007, Oda has hopped from one public firestorm to another, especially over her spending habits. And politicization of CIDA funding decisions.

While attending an international donors’ conference in London last year, Oda Continue reading

Progressive Proselytizing: Bev Oda’s luxurious, tax payer funded life

Bev Oda, the Minister of International Development, has done it again. In 2006 she was forced to return $2200 to taxpayers for a $5500 dollar limo bill. In 2008 she was accused of hiding a whopping $17,000 in limo expenses. Now she has had to return money to tax payers after she upgraded from a not exactly shabby 5 star hotel to one of London’s poshest hotels. And of course, she needed the luxury car and driver to get her the two blocks to the convention site (where the original hotel was) that she has not paid tax payers back Continue reading