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February 17, 2006


  1. New Cabinet Sworn in: On February 6, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his new cabinet were sworn in. The new CIDA Minister is Josée Verner. Ms Verner is chair of the Québec Conservative caucus and will also serve as Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages. For close to 20 years Ms Verner has worked in the communications and public service fields. Ted Menzies who has served as critic in both the trade and CIDA files, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of International Co-operation. Nova Scotia MP and former Conservative Party leader, Peter McKay is now the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Former Liberal Minister of Industry, David Emerson, assumes the role of Minister for International Trade and former Defence critic and industry lobbyist is Minister of National Defence. For complete list of Ministers check out: Parliamentary Secretaries are listed at CCIC has written to the Prime Minister and several key Ministers to introduce strategic policy recommendations to the new government (check out under latest news).

  2. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to be re-integrated: Along with the new cabinet, the Prime Minister announced on February 6, new measures to streamline government, including the reintegration of the departments of Foreign Affairs and International Trade "to ensure a coherent approach to foreign affairs and international commerce and to better coordinate the provision of services to Canadians both at home and abroad." Moreover, the Prime Minister announced that CIDA "will also be part of this portfolio to ensure a coordinated approach to international development."

  3. Return of Parliament and Speech from the Throne: The 39th Parliament is scheduled to reconvene on Monday, April 3, 2006. Governor General Michaëlle Jean will officially open Parliament with a Speech from the Throne setting out the directions of the new government on April 4.

  4. Make Poverty History at the 2006 East Coast Music Awards. On Saturday, February 25, the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) will hold a Make Poverty History concert as part of the Concert Series featuring The Barra MacNeils, J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning. ECMA 2006 will also present keynote speaker Gerry Barr, the national co-chair of Make Poverty History and the president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, on Sunday, February 26 from noon to 1pm, speaking on "Music and Social Justice." This year the ECMA events are being held in Charlottetown, PEI.

  5. NDP Calls on Harper to Keep Commitment on Foreign Aid. On February 15, NDP Leader Jack Layton and Foreign Affairs Critic Alexa McDonough called on Prime Minister Harper him to make good on his commitment to foreign aid. One year ago, Conservative, Bloc and NDP leaders jointly called on the Prime Minister to honour Canada's commitments on aid spending to the world's poor and pass legislation to focus aid spending on ending poverty. For a copy of the NDP letter, go to

  6. Make Poverty History to Harper: Accountability includes 0.7% Pledge. Make Poverty History called for the Harper government to keep Canada's longstanding promise to provide 0.7% of GNI in foreign aid and welcomed NDP leader Jack Layton's call on February 15 for action on aid. "All-party cooperation is clearly possible on this issue," said Gerry Barr co-chair of the Make Poverty History campaign. "Prime Minister Harper has a perfect opportunity to move ahead quickly when the House reconvenes." For further information check out:

Upcoming Events

  1. CCIC Leadership Forum: CCIC will hold a Leadership Forum on March 6. The Leadership Forum includes participation of Executive Directors and Chairs of Boards. The Forum will look at an upcoming CIDA review of its relations with Canadian partner organizations. It will also be a key opportunity for leaders of CCIC members to discuss the current political context in Canada and its implications for our work. The Forum will be held at the Holiday Inn - Plaza la Chaudière, 2 Montcalm Street in Gatineau (Quebec). Leaders of our membership are encouraged to make time in their schedule for this important meeting. For further information contact Esperanza Moreno,

  2. Africa Canada-Forum General Meeting: The two-day ACF General Meeting will be held on April 6-7, 2006 in Ottawa, on "Adapting to Changing Winds: Affirming our actions and advocacy for Africa". Using a dialogue format with government officials and African colleagues, Forum members will reflect on the main changes in Africa, Canada and the world over the last six years (in the areas of peace and security, democratization and governance, and the fight against poverty) and suggest avenues for the future work of the Forum and its members. For more information or to register, please contact Sylvie Perras at or (613)241-7007 ext. 321.

Worth Looking At

  1. Call for Proposals - HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund Phase III: 2006 - 2008 "HIV/AIDS and Gender": The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and the Interagency Coalition for AIDS and Development (ICAD) are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the HIV/AIDS Small Grants Phase III is now open. CSIH must receive complete proposal applications by Wednesday March 29 2006 at 2:00pm EST. Please see the Call for Proposals document for all application information.

  2. Haitian Elections: In the lead up to the Haitian elections, Concertation pour Haïti addressed a letter to Ambassador Rock concerning the "climate of insecurity in Haiti and the mandate of the Un Mission in Haiti--"Mission des Nations unies de stabilisation en Haiti (MINUSTAH). The letter recommends increased security and reforms to the UN mission in the lead-up to the elections. For more information, or a copy of the letter, please contact Marthe Lapierre from Development and Peace at
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