Canada To Boycott Commonwealth In Sri Lanka [video]

Christian Paradis, an international development minister, said the government would no longer release any fund for the victims of war-rape or teenage brides who have the access to abortion. He cited this after meeting the Canadian Network, adding the government would still continue its commitment as proclaimed at the G8 summit 3 years back in Muskoka. The Canadian prime minister said there were many other more important issues to address rather than abortion services. This is why Canada would exclude the unnecessary funding from its $3 billion budget to provide more focused initiatives on child and maternal health. Paradis said the government’s intentions had been clear as set in Muskoka so it is only logical to do what is deemed essential. Meanwhile, the intentions of the Conservative government were indistinct the previous week after supporting initiatives to deal with forced marriages and sexual violence at the United Nations . The previous statement from the government, on the contrary, shows its disinterest to monitor the expenditure of each dollar that it funds to larger multilateral aid organizations apart from the G8 commitment. In 2010, Margaret Biggs, head of the Canadian International Development Agency, said Canada would fund agencies that provide referrals for abortion services even though the government would indirectly fund abortion by principle. However, Paradis expressed the government’s sympathy for rape victims during the war. He said the Canadian government would take measures to support the victims but was unclear how this would be implemented. Opposition parties lambasted this declaration of non-financial support of the government to war-rape victims.

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Canada PM Stephen Harper said that the main reason behind the boycott is the concern of human rights abuse. He has always expressed his desire to cut off its funding as well. Mr Harper issued a statement on Monday emphasising on the failure by the government of Sri Lanka to uphold the core values of the Commonwealth. He further added that Canada had remained to be disturbed by the reported confinement and intimidation of journalists and political leaders in the South Asian country. There has been alleged harassment of the minorities in the country. People have strangely disappeared and there have been alleged illegal murders. Even though there have been assumptions that Canada may boycott the next Commonwealth summit to be held in Sri Lanka, Mr Harper’s confirmation at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meet now makes it official. In addition to the boycott, Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned that Canada might cut off its funding to the Commonwealth organisation on the grounds of the consistent reports of alleged human rights violation in the host country. Mr Harper was speaking at the APEC summit when he expressed that the decision to boycott the summit had been made with a “heavy heart”. Canada’s decision to boycott the Commonwealth summit this year does not, however, come as a surprise as it has been expressing its desire to do so since 2011 when the Commonwealth leaders’ meet was held in Australia . On the other hand, Mr Harper’s candid views on the political condition of Sri Lanka create the ripples. The Commonwealth organisation was formed with 54 nations who were under the British rule in the past and are now facing economic crisis to exist on the global platform.

Canada hiring more Filipinos to fill out 14,000 job vacancies

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Patinio, Philippine News Agency October 8, 2013 2:45 AM The online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – Job opportunities await many Filipinos planning to work in Canada with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Canadian government. With the MOU, Labor undersecretary Danilo Cruz said that the signing of the agreement will open possible work prospects for Filipino workers as the Canadian government is looking at the Philippines and other Asian countries to fill out at least 14,000 job vacancies in Saskatchewan to keep up with the labor demands of its still growing economy. Over the last four years, the Philippines has become the largest source country for both immigrants and temporary workers for Canada, overtaking China and India as the traditional sources, he said at the sidelines of the signing held in Makati City on Monday. Cruz, together with the contingent from Saskatchewan province of Canada led by its Premier, Brad Wall, signed the MOU which aims to upgrade the provision of the previous MOU between both countries in 2006. According to the Canadian official, some employers from Saskatchewan, which is one of the economic powerhouses in Canada, are currently here in the country to hire workers for an initial 150 job vacancies. However, he noted that they expect to hire more workers in the coming months. Not very long ago, we have a hundred (migrants) per year. Now we have about 3,000 per year and we still have a labor shortage, Wall added. The updated MOU will contain the following new provisions: identification of cooperation priorities; exchange of information; prohibition of charging of recruitment fees to workers; enjoining the employers recruiting overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) outside the Philippines to course hiring in the nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO); enforcement of regulations to protect workers. Among the most in-demand jobs in Canada are in the fields of business, natural and applied sciences, health, social science, education, government service, trade, transportation, oil and gas processing and manufacturing. If you go in a website called Saskjobs.Ca today there are usually around 10,000 unfilled jobs. So in order to keep our economy growing we need to focus on the labor shortage and a part of that is international recruitment, Wall said. He added that many Canadian employers prefer Filipinos because of their fluency in the English language and commendable work ethics. Our employers value the strong work ethic and high literacy skills of Filipino workers, and we will need them to meet the ambitious targets we have outlined in our Growth Plan, the Canadian official said.