In a recent column reported by David Akin (Toronto Sun, Feb. 13, 2016): “Of the $5.3 billion in spending commitments announced by the Trudeau government in its first 100 days, just $997 million was for projects inside the country. The rest — $4.3 billion — will be spent outside Canada on everything from aid for refugees to helping poor countries fight climate change”. Canada has a well-established reputation for generosity, but why is Justin giving priority to Canadian branding over helping Canadians at home? Would we be better off now and in the future if he had a different set of priorities and spent this $5.3 billion on, for example, our First Nations youth and communities? While we applaud international humanitarian action, it must be remembered that large dollar commitments like these are made at the expense of both current Canadian taxpayers and the generations that follow. To be responsible, Federal government spending MUST take this into consideration.