Statement made on 15 February 2011 by Senator Jane Cordy
Hon. Jane Cordy:
Honourable senators, last week in response to questions from Senator Cowan, Senator Mercer and me, the leader stated that the Canadian Teachers' Federation proposal for Project Overseas was rejected because of a lack of focus, sustainability and budgetary information. I find this unusual since the program has been sustainable for over 50 years. The focus of the project is to train teachers and develop curricula. Surely the budgetary information was discussed during the 18 months that CIDA and the teachers' federation worked together on the proposal.
Honourable senators, I also find the budgetary aspect particularly unusual since it is next to impossible to find out from this government the costs of the crime bills that are before Parliament. What will the cost be to the Canadian taxpayer?
Can the leader tell this chamber who made the decision to reject the proposal from the Canadian Teachers' Federation? Was it CIDA or was it Minister Oda?
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