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BREAKING: Trudeau pledges $400 million in global aid in fight against COVID-19

The announcement was followed by a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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The Trudeau Liberals announced on Tuesday that they have pledged an additional $400 million to development and humanitarian aid spending.

The announcement was followed by a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Trudeau said funding would go to "to trusted partners on the ground fighting COVID-19," saying that "Canada believes that a strong, coordinated response across the world and across sectors is essential. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset."

Trudeau said more spending would come in the years to come.

This is not the first time the prime minister has aligned himself with global multilateral organizations including the UN and the WHO.

In April, the Trudeau government announced that it would be spending $159.5 million to fight coronavirus internationally. That funding, Trudeau said, was in line with the government's stance on the international fight for feminism, saying that "particularly women and children" would feel the most lasting negative impact from the virus.

In May, Trudeau talked about Canada's future in the UN, touching on Canada's global voice, and those same global institutions that were founded post-World War II.

"When we reflect on the scale of this crisis, many people have compared it to what happened 75 years ago during World War II. Well, in the years following World War II, we created a range of multi-lateral and multinational institutions like the IMF, like the World Bank, the Bretton-Woods institutions, that helped the world over the following decades develop tremendous prosperity and opportunity for people right around the world," said Trudeau in May.

"Canada believes that multilateral institutions like the WHO are extremely important, particularly at a time of global health crisis like this one. No global institution is perfect and there are obviously things we need to work on and improve about multilateralism, and that's one of the reasons why Canada has been so incredibly active over these past weeks and months."

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