Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege of tabling two important petitions on behalf of my constituents and other citizens of Canada.
The first petition, signed by many of my constituents, calls upon the government to restore full funding to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.
The petitioners note that the government committed to increasing foreign aid but cut development assistance by a further 10% in budget 2012, making us among the lower donor countries.
These cuts have forced organizations such as Development and Peace to significantly reduce the scope of their activities.
The petitioners are also calling on the government to reaffirm its commitment to humanitarian aid.
Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from Canadians in southern Ontario who have expressed grave concern regarding the government’s decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area research station near Kenora, Ontario, where the ELA is a one-of-a-kind global leader in environmental research and has played a key role in shaping national and international environmental policy.