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Trudeau government sending another $485 million of taxpayer dollars out of the country

The Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, has announced more than $1 billion in foreign aid for COVID-19 since April.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is sending almost a half billion dollars out of Canada in the latest announcement of COVID-19 foreign aid. 

Monday’s announcement of $485 million dollars for Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, brings Canada’s contribution up to $1.085 million and it sounds like the Liberal government is prepping for more donations. 

The ACT Accelerator is looking for $35 billion to secure 2 billion vaccines, 500 million tests and 245 million treatments for poor countries. 

“Canada is really leaning into this space,” said International Development Minister Karina Gould. “The world is not at a point of donating excess capacity because we are just at the very beginning of vaccines getting approved.” 

The move was one of Canada’s biggest-ever increases in foreign aid spend. The government spent $5.9 billion in official development assistance in 2018-19. 

The ACT Accelerator was created in April by the World Health Organization, European Commission, French Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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Ryan Craswell is a 2001 graduate of the Holland College Journalism Program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has worked in print media with The Eastern Graphic newspaper in PEI along with the Truro Daily News and Amherst Daily News in Nova Scotia. Ryan has also been an editor in online sports media but more recently has worked in marketing content. He created Free North News in October 2020 and is committed to delivering honest insight and news that the corporate, mainstream media fails to cover.

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