Mr. Eugène Bellemare (Carleton-Gloucester, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on September
5, the Minister for International Cooperation tabled a five-year plan
targeting four key sectors of social development in developing countries.
A total of $2.8 billion will be invested in these priority sectors over the
next five years. Funding for health and nutrition will more than double,
while amounts earmarked for basic education, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and
the protection of children will quadruple.
CIDA's social development priorities will allow Canada to bring a greater
focus to its international development priorities. It will ensure that
Canadian resources are invested where the needs are most pressing.
This framework for action presents a clear vision that will make Canada's
development assistance program even more effective in building a better
quality of life for some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the