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Bob Rae: Emergency Assistance and Rohingya Muslims

bob rae: Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, called on the government last month to set aside 600 million over the next four years to help the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims affected by the violence, according to CTV. Freeland and Bibeau, however, announced during a news conference that Canada would contribute 300 million over the next three years, which will go towards emergency assistance as well as education and reproductive health programs. Yet Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau also found themselves on the defensive as the amount of Canadian aid dollars earmarked for the crisis fell short of expectations. The ministers admitted their plan amounted to less than Rae had requested, but said it nonetheless represented a significant amount of money and was largely in the spirit of his recommendation. Canada needs to do its fair share, but also take into consideration that there are several crises happening. We carefully evaluated the situation, the report by Bob Rae and other humanitarian crises that are currently ongoing, Bibeau said in French. ( As reported in the news.