Why Bev Oda Torpedoed KAIROS Funding
A Minister denying adding the word "not" to a recommendation. then prevaricating about doing so, is an unacceptable precedent. A Minister providing no rationale for canceling a decades long expenditure for no reason is unacceptable as well. Another Minister citing a reason most pleasing to an international gathering he's addressing - then withdrawing this statement as a basis for cancellation and replacing it with what proved to be an untruth, merits disdain.
Was he not informed he was inaccurate, that the request had been approved by CIDA? That in their view it had met their priorities? (4) That the funding cut was at the sole discretion of Minister Oda?
That "This issue reaches well beyond KAIROS; it touches on fundamental questions of democracy, transparency, and Canada's international commitments to all in the global community who struggle against poverty and for human rights. " (5), an opinion written in a KAIROS and CIDA Funding "CITA Update", 11 February 2011, is valid and must be addressed.
To date "KAIROS still not having received word on its second proposal to CIDA, submitted in March 2010.", raises once again the question "why?".
What ever the reason the effect is to mute all criticism of Cabinet directions among those seeking grants . "NGOs are being positively invited to remain silent on key questions of public policy," (6) and know by the KAIROS example what speaking out will bring.
(1) Oda: I don't know who altered KAIROS memo
(2) KAIROS: CIDA Funding Cuts - CIDA not responsible for cuts to KAIROS, President confirms December 16, 2010
(3) Chris Selley: The KAIROS hoax
(4) Ottawa starves climate critics of cash on eve of eco-summit
"After completing due diligence it was determined that the organization's project does not meet CIDA's current priorities."
Jean-Luc Benoit, a spokesman for International Development Minister Bev Oda."
(5) New KAIROS proposal to test Oda's defunding explanation
Federal Speaker finds Minister Oda's handling of the KAIROS file "very troubling"
http // www.kairoscanada.org/en/who-we-are/cida-funding-cuts/
(6) Canadian aid groups told to keep quiet on policy issues