Hon. Aileen Carroll (Minister of International Cooperation, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, last week in question period the hon. member, the new critic, tabled a statistical report on official development assistance from my agency.
While well-meaning, she mistook the figure of approximately $38 million as moneys being directed directly to the government of China. What that figure represents is the sum total of all of the development programs taking place in China but those are carried out by agencies such as Simon Fraser University and the Canadian Bar Association.
The term represents the total of bilateral aid and that, as opposed to multilateral, means between two countries.
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