Scheer would cut foreign aid by 25 per cent, re-invest savings in tax cuts

TORONTO — A Conservative government would cut foreign aid spending by 25 per cent, Andrew Scheer promised Tuesday as he laid out proposals for Canada’s relations with the rest of the world.

The pledge would reduce Canada’s $6-billion foreign aid budget, which the Conservative leader portrayed as being poorly managed by the Liberals. Scheer vowed to redirect $700 million to countries that need it the most, with a focus on support for children in conflict zones.

The savings, Scheer added, would be reinvested in his party’s plans for a universal tax cut and various tax credits.

“We are going to re-prioritize foreign aid so it is focused on countries in greatest need while using the savings to help Canadians like you get ahead,” Scheer said in Toronto.