By ROBERT GREENHILL & BORIS MARTIN
Note: This article was first published in The Hill Times.
The signing of the historic Paris agreement, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau underlined the urgency of Canada’s role in assisting developing countries, was just one more example of the new government’s shift toward multilateral leadership and Canada’s return as a positive global player.
But are we Canadians really back? For the last 20 years, Canada’s commitment to official development assistance (ODA) averaged a mere 0.3 per cent of gross national income (GNI)—well below Canada’s leadership position under Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney. It is now even lower, at about 0.28 per cent, which is barely half of the 0.54 per cent average commitment of the G7 and other advanced mid-sized economies.