To the editor:
While basic funding at CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) is being severely eroded in cutbacks, threatening the lives of millions, it seems as if there are certain development groups doing quite well— those who’s primary goal is evangelizing.
Funding for religious-based aid groups has increased 42 per cent over the last few years, while secular ones a paltry five per cent.
In case the federal Conservatives have forgotten, Canada is a secular society. All should be free to believe whatever they want, but it is grossly inappropriate to tie desperately needed aid to religious proselytizing. So many worthwhile and crucial aid agencies have been cast adrift by the Harper Conservatives and yet those who adhere to the PM’s religious beliefs get funding: This is unwarranted distortion of a process on which so many innocent lives depend.
Restore CIDA’s funding to support aid rather than evangelism, Mr. Harper.