Cooperation Canada congratulates the members of Canada’s 44th Cabinet under the leadership of Justin Trudeau who were sworn in yesterday. We look forward to working with cabinet ministers and their staff as they address the urgent, yet complex, challenges of ending the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring a strong economic recovery, while addressing the gaps in social safety nets that the pandemic has highlighted, and mitigating the ongoing climate emergency.

Our sincere gratitude is extended to the outgoing Minister Karina Gould, an unwavering believer in international cooperation and solidarity, whom we wish all the best in her new mandate of advancing social prosperity in the domestic context. We are looking forward to working with Minister Harjit Sajjan, who will be taking on the international development portfolio. This is a critical time for international cooperation, and we are excited to support the Honourable Sajjan in his efforts to ensure Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy is prioritized, adequately resourced, and strategically implemented.

As traditional foreign and national priorities increasingly overlap, Canada’s international cooperation is emerging as a core pillar of the country’s future prosperity, impacting our health, economy, and our ability to help solve our environment and humanitarian crises such as the one in Afghanistan. We look forward to working with ministries whose work spans across all pillars of Canada’s global engagement, including those of climate justice, human rights, racial and gender justice, refugee protection, diplomacy, defense, equitable international trade, and environmental sustainability. We also look forward to working with Ministers Chrystia Freeland, Mona Fortier, and Diane Lebouthiller to ensure Canada’s global engagement is fair and backed by sufficient resources, enabling legislative and regulatory frameworks and civic space.

As a national association of organizations working in international development and humanitarian contexts, Cooperation Canada has informed Canada’s global engagement for over fifty years. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with political leaders in this pivotal moment of Canada’s history, which calls on investing in solutions to global challenges that affect us everywhere.

 

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