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OMG: Canada shouldn't be giving any foreign aid until we solve all our problems at home. I care more about the starving people in Canada than people half a world away.

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  1. Congratulations,you have reached a mental and social developmental age of a six year old by showing concern for your immediate circle. Keep working at it and when you reach a mental age of 9 you'll be able to sacrifice self-interest for others.

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    1. I treat life like a video game. No one else Is real and I will only help you if it benefits me in the long run somehow. No free stUff f0r you An0nyMoUs.

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    2. @1.a hmm maybe 6 was an overestimate

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    3. Showing concern for fellow citizens of a nation state is already fellow-feeling on a pretty abstract level. Humanism and nationalism in this dimension are ideological distinctions and one is not more obviously "grown up" than the other in terms of social sophistication.

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    4. 1. +1 you tell these isolationist idiots.

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  2. I believe in fuck everyone else because more likely than not everyone is an asshole or is in the wrong some way or the other (including myslef) so fuck them.

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    1. including me, so I don;t expect anyone to help me if i am dying.

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    2. If I saw you facedown in a ditch I'd probably steal your wallet and shoes.

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    3. i never said i am helpless.

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  3. There are people in worse situations elsewhere in the world. Just because we lend some modest aid to assist people in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, doesn't mean we automatically stop re-evaluating policies to try and fix social and economic troubles domestically.

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  4. I didn't know that someone's life was worth more if they were in the same country as me.

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    1. Logistics-wise though, you get more saving for your buck if you don't have to spend a portion of it covering the distance between countries (transportation costs, local middle-men, increased logistical complexity). Also, the money is spent in your own country. One life if not worth more than another, but lives further away cost more to save.

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  5. There is almost no one in Canada living in absolute poverty (unable to get the basic necessities of life). There are however, many people in foreign countries who are quite literally dying of poverty. If we as a nation give what is to us, a comparatively small amount of money and in return save many lives how can we do anything but help!

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    1. You've obviously never been to a native reserve in Canada.

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    2. 5a, as bad as conditions are on some of them, there are still places in the world with people in worst straits. These are actual humanitarian crises, for which we - as a player in the 'developed world' - are expected to do what we can to provide some relief.

      It's not like the relief we provide is ever at the cost of humanitarian aid locally, anyway.

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  6. As someone who was homeless for 2 years, you are a total ass hole. Probably someone who has never experienced homelessness either. Canada has many services for homeless people. Shelters, food banks, religious institutions etc. to provide for us. Many people in developing countries barely have basic rights.

    People who say shit like this probably have no idea what homelessness is like. It's tough. As people, we should just help one another out.

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  7. I say we spend billions on getting all of our homeless housed first and I don't mean in shelters that are as violent as federal prisons. Once we have taken care of people here then we sent the balance of that money to help other countries and causes.

    The exceptions being massive natural disasters but in general, we should be spending aid money here until our problem is gone.

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    1. I find the notion that we can 'end poverty' just by spending a lot of money laughable at best, terrifyingly naive at worst.

      We don't need to be a country where the poor die of starvation on the streets, it's true... but there will always be poor, destitute people. "Solving our problems at home" isn't going to happen.

      As far as foreign aid is concerned, a lot of it is tied in with our foreign diplomacy, which has very real consequences here at home (wrt trade, currency exchange, foreign investment, etc.). Isolationist policies have been shown time and time again to be failed policies in this global world, so it's really best to abandon thinking of that sort.

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