LETTER: Canada must not forget international commitments

LETTER: Canada must not forget international commitments

With a sexy scandal in Ottawa, it is easy to ignore the mundane everyday business of the government. Of course it is important to get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin/Raybould matter, but let’s not forget that there are lives at stake and decisions to be made on the international level.

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This year, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is due for replenishment. Canada has been a key donor since the Global Fund’s inception in 2002; it holds a seat on the Global Fund Board, and shares in its values.

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It was clear during the fifth replenishment conference in Montreal in 2016, that Canadians care about fighting these diseases, and believe that Canada has a strong role to play.

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The Global Fund has saved 27 million lives to date. I, for one, would like to see Canada continue to play a leading role.

Connie Lebeau

Saanich