As the Trudeau government continues to reverse foreign policy decisions of the Harper administration, questions are being raised whether that will include the resumption of funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that provides services to Palestinian refugees.
In a Feb. 5 article, the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife reported that as part of a humanitarian package in the anti-ISIS mission, “the Liberals are expected to provide $15 million in annual funding to UNRWA… after the former Conservative government cut all $30 million in annual funding in 2009.”
Contacted by The CJN last week, Fife said, “I expect the announcement in a month’s time… The information came from a well-informed source.”
Asked to comment on Fife’s report, Global Affairs Canada stated: “The government of Canada provided $15 million in funding to UNRWA for humanitarian assistance in 2012. Canada has not yet made decisions on the allocation of new funding for humanitarian assistance stemming from the Feb. 8 announcement regarding Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. We are currently assessing the needs and programming options in the region. Canada remains concerned about the needs of vulnerable Palestinians and currently funds a substantial package of humanitarian assistance in the West Bank and Gaza.”