Thank you very much for the question. It allows me to respond to some comments made by Ms. Brown, who stated that the majority of Canada's assistance goes to middle-income countries. That is true. You mention something that I also highlighted in the document she quoted: political change, the ever clearer tendency to focus on middle-income countries. In 2009, for example, when Canada changed its core countries and went from a list of 25 to a list of 20, it dropped eight poor African countries and added middle-income countries from Latin-America. We are seeing that pattern repeat itself. CIDA's recently announced cuts affect the poor countries. In a number of cases, we are maintaining assistance to middle-income countries.
As you said, assistance is shifting towards middle-income countries with which Canada has very significant commercial ties. This is a misrepresentation of the fundamental goal of development assistance, which is to reduce poverty and inequality. As you mentioned, there is also the danger of failing to comply with the legislation that defines assistance in Canada and sets out its goals.