Dear Tony, Cut D&P’s Funding

This is the email I sent to Tony Clement, the President of the Treasury Board, concerning CIDA’s approval of D&P’s $50 million grant request.  Please email Tony and tell him to stop the funding to Development & Peace in light of their support for radical socialists in the Global South.



November 7, 2011
Hon. Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board,
cc. Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation,
cc. Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

Dear Tony,

I am writing to you to express my deep disappointment in CIDA’s approval to fund a $50 million funding request by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P).

This organization has been beset with notorious scandals over the past three years, to the point where the Catholic bishops of the country have had to establish an oversight committee to ensure its funding decisions are consistent with the organization’s Catholic roots.  Things have gotten so bad that our own bishops have started to withhold their own diocesan contributions and even blocked the speaking engagements of D&P’s tax payer-funded partners here in Canada.

While the government may or may not be concerned with the actual controversies themselves (much of it centering around funding groups who are working to overturn abortion laws in the Global South and perhaps even undermining the sovereignty of these nations, for instance), it should be concerned with an organization which proclaims itself it to be one thing and then does another thing in practice.

It’s a matter of transparency and credibility, Tony.

In the Summer 2011 edition of MoneySense, for instance, the magazine featured an article which assessed the performance of Canadian charities (see p.44-51).  On the issue of Governance and Transparency, D&P received a ‘C-’ (1.0 out of 10), tying 3 other charities (including Amnesty International) for the lowest ranking.  Moreover, in the category of Overall Charity Efficiency, Development & Peace received a grade of C+, the lowest of all 15 charities, with only 72.3% of spending going to programs

In this age of accountability and austerity measures, is it prudent for the Canadian government to be rewarding rogue organizations which attempt to block access to information requests (like the CBC does), engage in false and defamatory smear campaigns, and have little regard to openness, accountability, and transparency?  Canadians expect the government of Canada to reward legitimate development and aid organizations which are efficiently run, transparent, and effective.  By any objective standard, Development and Peace should not be receiving any money whatsoever until it improves on all of these fronts.   Certainly, the Conservative government was not elected to foster unaccountability and inefficiency – especially in the very austere times which are surely coming.

Apart from the stark organizational deficiencies, there are other ideological issues at play here as well.  First of all, D&P served as a founding member of KAIROS which had their funding cut by CIDA in 2009 for their political involvements.  In 2010, Michael Casey, the current Executive Director of Development and Peace, was appointed to the Member-at-large position on the KAIROS board executive.  Is KAIROS receiving any money from Development & Peace?  I think you should find out because we can’t.  Canadian taxpayers have as much problem getting information out of D&P, as we do the CBC.

The fact is, Tony, D&P funds some pretty radical organizations with a Marxist bent – not only in terms of groups advocating for the spread of abortion, but they also sponsor some shady organizations throughout the whole spectrum of socio-economic thought as well.

See the guy here below with the mask on? That’s from a D&P “partner” website, financed courtesy from Canadian tax revenue. (Click on the picture to learn more).

 And there are many other examples too.

The reality is, Tony, that the Conservative government was not elected to export Marxist socio-economic philosophy.  Nor was it elected to prop up organizations whose efficiency and transparency are a massive FAIL.

Please do your part to consider either denying or severely curtailing any monies allocated to Development & Peace from CIDA.  There are many other worthy organizations who are not embroiled in internal scandal and squabbling and who are more deserving of our trust and money.  Redirect the money to international organizations who are fighting family break down which is the real root cause of much poverty.  It might not be the politically correct answer among the socialists and chattering classes, but that only means it’s likely to be (and it is) the truth.

Yours very truly,

John Pacheco

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