kingston & the islands' NDP Blog

Monday, December 26, 2005

One year ago today...

...a massive tsunami devastated Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and many other regions. The estimated death toll was a staggering 275,000. The international community, including Canada, rushed to pledge aid to the devastated regions. As we pause to remember the victims of this tragedy today, it's also a vivid reminder of why international aid is so important. Canadians are a generous people. Paul Martin initially pledged $40 million in tsunami aid; after massive public outcry, this figure was eventually raised to $425 million. I'm proud that my country was able to respond so generously, and proud also that the NDP has made generous foreign aid part of its campaign.

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