Date: 2003-02-07 14:36:22
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Canada continues to be highly protective in areas that could be of great benefit to poor people in Third World countries, such as dairy and poultry imports and textiles.
Canadian jobs and businesses might suffer if we relax trade restrictions in these areas and in some cases these are our poorest, most vulnerable citizens - for example, working in poultry processing plants and for textile manufacturers. These Canadians need attention as part of a Canadian policy to relax import barriers.
Far more could/should be done in the area of research and development, particularly agricultural research. Much of the Canadian research agenda is now being driven by the private sector, as in Agriculture Canada's Matching Initiatives Incentive program. These kinds of programs ought to be opened up to matching money/initiatives from the NGO and global aid sector, and the NGOs ought to be encouraged to set aside part of their budgets for R&D to address pressing issues for poor people in Third World countries.
More government resources should be made available to NGOs, especially the Christian organizations.