For a Quebec International Cooperation Agency

Did you know that Quebec taxpayers spend almost $800M every year to finance the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)??

Did you know that Quebec-based organisations have been assigned only 0,6% of CIDA-backed projects last year??

More and more, the values promoted by the federal government through international cooperation are clashing with those of Quebec's international cooperation organisations, and so federal funds are becoming less and less available to local organisations.

As a result, Aternatives joins with the members of the Quebec Union of International Cooperation Organisations (AQOCI) to request, on the occasion of these elections, that each party's candidates take position on issues relevant to international cooperation. .
 
You can help us accomplish this goal by writing to your riding's candidates to ask them if they are ready to:

  • Initiate a debate in their party regarding the return of cooperation funds to the provincial level;
  • Promote the creation of a Quebec international cooperation agency;
  • Promote a progressive increase of funding for international cooperation at the Quebec ministry of international relations.

You can write to them on your own or use the following letter format:

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City, August 2012

Mr/Ms ….

Candidate's name

Party

 

Object: Quebec management of international cooperation funding

Mr X/Ms X,

As a voter in your riding for the coming elections, I would like to express my favorable opinion regarding Alternatives' request that the next elected provincial government initiates negotations with the Canadian government to reach an agreement on the management of international cooperation funding.

You are aware that the values promoted by the federal government through international cooperation are increasingly clashing with those of Quebec's international cooperation organisations. As a result, a number of worrying trends have emerged in the last few months: publicly-funded proselytism, increasing involvement of the private sector (specifically mining companies), reduced priority of human right campaigns, elimination of dialog and independence, lack of acknowledgement of the civil society's role, censoring, reduced transparency, politisation, and so on. Already the new funding policy threatens the existence of multiple international cooperation organisations in Quebec.

As a voter, I request that you :

  • Initiate a debate in your party regarding the return of cooperation funds to the provincial level;
  • Back up the creation of a Quebec international cooperation agency;
  • Promote a progressive increase of funding for international cooperation at the Quebec ministry of international relations.

Respectfully yours,

 

SIGNATURE

 

Year: 
2012
Contact Person & Details: 
Michel LambertDirecteur général, Alternatives514 982 6606 #2001
Locations: 
Canada