On March 12, 2015, Christian Paradis (MP, Mégantic—L’Érable; Minister of International Development) issued the following announcement:
“Canada is a strong, moral leader in the world.
We stand with our allies in Ukraine, Israel, and around the world. But we are also taking a stand for the world’s most vulnerable citizens.
Recently, I was able to join Prime Minister Harper and Bill Gates to reaffirm our support for the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Initiative.
This important initiative, which our Conservative team has championed since it was created here in Canada in 2010, has saved more than five million lives in developing countries.
We are also the founding donors of the Micronutrient Initiative, which is delivering hundreds of millions of vitamin supplements to children under the age of 5.
Working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we will continue to promote this vital issue on the world stage and ensure this vital work is done.”