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March 21, 2013
March 21, 2013 – Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation issued a statement following the release of Economic Action Plan 2013.

"Today, the Harper Government signaled in Economic Action Plan 2013 that the responsibilities of the Minister and the priority of international development and humanitarian assistance will, for the first time ever, be enshrined into law. To enhance coordination of international assistance with broader Canadian values and objectives, and to put development on equal footing with trade and diplomacy, the Canadian International Development Agency will amalgamate with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

“The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and humanitarian support. This decision will have no impact on Canada's international assistance budget.

“Canada’s international development investments play a vital role in improving the lives of those most in need around the world. It is a tangible expression of the best of Canadian values and a demonstration of our unwavering support for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.  Since 2006, our Government has been working to ensure that Canadian tax dollars deliver tangible, sustainable results and advance Canada’s long-term prosperity and security. The Government of Canada remains committed to deliver assistance to those most in need through vital programs such as the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
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