Senator Munson calls for renewed funding for international social service Canada
The Honourable Jim Munson criticized the Conservative government’s cuts to International Social Service (ISS) Canada, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families separated by war, civil unrest, and natural disasters.
“Cuts to ISS Canada are just another example of this Conservative government’s determination to axe programs without regard to the human cost,” said Senator Munson. With a modest budget of $150,000 annually, ISS Canada helps children here at home and overseas in cases of child abuse and neglect, child abduction, deportation, and repatriation. In 2005-2006, ISS Canada managed 435 cases between Canada and 65 countries. “That’s pretty big bang for the buck, if it’s value for money the government wants,” Senator Munson concluded.
Founded in 1924, ISS is an international organization with national offices in 18 countries and correspondents in over 140 countries. ISS Canada has been funded through a contribution from the Consular Affairs Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International TradeCanada which has recently informed ISS Canada of its decision not to renew funding.
This decision means that ISS Canada will have to close its doors as of March 31, 2007.