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October 23, 2007

Canada's Afghanistan aid
Kandahar, Afghanistan — The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, announced here today that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will provide nearly $5 million for emergency food aid for tens of thousands of the most vulnerable families in Kandahar Province, who face acute food shortages and internal displacement as winter approaches. The Minister also announced nearly $6 million to finance reconstruction and repair of roads and bridges in Kandahar, as well as to help build rural community services such as clinics and agricultural supports for Afghan farmers and villagers.

"With emergency food aid going to Kandahar Province, Canada is demonstrating yet again its commitment to supporting the Afghanistan Government in its efforts to protect its most vulnerable citizens—women and children," said Minister Verner.
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How well it expresses Canada's commitment to aiding the Afghan people that the task of assisting those driven to starvation by our military intervention in Kandahar Province is the Minister for La Francophonie and Official languages. Yeah, our program of aid is truly phonie, Franco or otherwise.

Military expenditure to date, maybe five to ten billion, including the new helicopters, armored vehicles and heavy lift aircraft. If we've made, say, 20,000 homeless, that's around $750,000 bucks per person.

Expenditure on providing Afghans with the means of the barest subsistence, $5 million. That's for "tens of thousands of (only) the most vulnerable families." Suppose six to a family, probably a conservative estimate, so were talking one, two, how many hundreds of thousand of people? And we're giving them $5 million. That's twenty-five bucks per person. Plus there's $6 million to fix potholes.

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