In a column in the Toronto Star on Sunday, November 28, it was stated that the Government of Canada has "decided to cut off funding” for the Forum.
It is important to note that the Government of Canada has agreed that the Forum will have access to more than $1 million a year for the next two years by drawing on Canadian funds that the Forum had not used and that had been frozen. Canada will also remain a partner government and pay the regular partnership fee.
Thus Canada will remain the partner country providing the Forum with its largest financial support.
"This is consistent with the Government’s messages to us of its support for our work,” said George Anderson, President and CEO of the Forum of Federations.
"The Forum will continue to operate in a focused mode with this support and that from other partner countries, while discussing with all our partner governments how to enhance our programming and better ensure our long-term viability.”
The column also suggested that the Forum may have suffered because of a perceived partisan character. The Forum collaborates with all governments and is non-partisan, as can readily be seen by the wide participation in Forum events by individuals of all political stripes.
The Forum’s current Canadian directors include former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, General John de Chastelain, former chief of Canada’s defence staff; Professor Johanne Poirier of the UniversitÃ© Libre de Bruxelles; and Mr. Ken Boessenkool, Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and senior counsel to GCI Canada.
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