Hon. Alan Redway (Don Valley East):
Madam Speaker, a United Nations committee has criticized Canada for not dealing with domestic poverty.
The UN has also criticized Canada for not spending enough on foreign aid to fight poverty in the Third World. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has criticized Canada for not accepting more poor refugees, especially severely disabled refugees.
Another UN agency, the International Monetary Fund, has criticized Canada for not reducing our deficit and our debt fast enough. We might find some of the necessary resources in our defence budget but the UN Security Council keeps asking Canada to provide more of our military and its equipment for UN peacekeeping forces.
If we are going to address all of these very laudable concerns in the short run, we certainly have our work cut out for us.