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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Globe and Fail

Here's an interesting question from yesterday's Globe and Mail: where should Canada's foreign aid efforts be focused? Hmmm, let's see...the Americas...well, I don't know, does North America really need foreign aid? Maybe they mean Haiti.

South Asia...developing economies, sure, Bangladesh is in rough shape...

The Middle East...aren't they rolling in oil cash and military aid already?

Eastern Europe? I suppose they're poor compared to Western Europe...seems like there might be poorer countries somewhere on the planet, though...

Hey wait a minute...there's something missing from this list, I just can't put my finger on it.

Oh wait...WHAT ABOUT AFRICA? The most impoverished continent? The one with the poorest nations by far?

Coincidentally - or not - this poll ran right next to an opinion column by Campbell Clark extolling the virtues of Stephen Harper's "America First" foreign aid strategy. Now, there may be merits to Clark's argument; there may even be merits to Harper's strategy. I haven't examined the issue at all. But it does seem awfully manipulative to limit the polling choices like this - almost as if they're looking for a particular result. And speaking of the results...

Gee, what  a surprise. That's the liberal media for you, I guess!

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