Funding for leftist group to be cut – Alternatives; ‘It doesn’t fit with our priorities,’ source says
By John Ivison
The Conservative government is set to slash millions of dollars in funding to Alternatives, a Montreal-based nongovernmental organization associated with a number of left-leaning causes and which has been critical of Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
Alternatives was founded in 1994 “to foster social justice, participatory democracy and equal relations between North and South,” according to its 2007-08 annual report.
The report shows that it received $2.4-million from the Canadian International Development Agency and a further $1.4-million from other federal departments.
A CIDA spokeman refused to comment on the cuts but one source said Alternatives’ request for renewal funding will not be approved. “It doesn’t fit with our priorities,” he said.
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