The Canadian government abandoned a $2.2B Afghanistan aid program it barely understood, audit finds

OTTAWA — Canada walked away from a decade-long $2.2 billion aid program in Afghanistan hoping the U.S. would just carry on with its plan, an internal government audit has found.

Instead, Canada’s vision was left in the dust, officials told auditors looking into the largest aid program in government history, one of the three pillars of the effort to stabilize the war-torn country after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

The massive aid program was supposed to bolster the military’s work in securing the country and diplomatic efforts to shore up its governance, a whole-of-government approach that in some ways should serve as a model for approaching similar conflicts in the future, the evaluation found.

The Conservative government appears to be considering such a model in its approach to the conflict in Iraq as it prepares to debate the extension of the military mission there.


  • Exile1981

    NO AID – period. If your nation is too much of a shit hole to survive without massive billions of aid from other countries than change it. All aid ends up being siphoned off by war lords, the UN, and criminals of one stripe or another so the only solution is to stop foreign aid and allow these countries to collapse so that their own citizens can rebuild them into something that is not a money pit. If they refuse to do that thn they should not look to us to solve their problems for them.

    • I agree, no aid to Muslim countries, the Muslim states can look after their own.

      • BillyHW

        And no immigration from muslim countries.

  • ontario john

    Why bother with aid money, they are all immigrating here anyway.

    • It’s so they can be wealthier than we are when they arrive.

  • Pontifex Maximus

    One more reason to go John Galt!

  • Frau Katze

    Has ANYTHING worked in the corrupt hellhole of Afghanistan? I read about a huge project funded by Australia which similarly ended up a complete failure.

    • Gettingby

      It’s like building a nuclear power plant in Attawapiskat and then expecting the band to run and maintain it with the people they currently have.

      • BillyHW

        God screwed up when he created them.

    • BillyHW

      They are a failed people.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        More than you know, but probably worse than you expect.
        I used to think of them as a people whose culture essentially stopped sometime around the period of “Alexander The Great”, but something I read recently makes me think they are actually about 7,000-years out of step.
        Not much to work with.

        • BillyHW

          700,000 years. They are proto-humans and nothing more.

  • Gary

    Reason #312 to pull out of every islamic hell hole and let them slaughter each other as a favour to allah who can sort out the good muslims from the bad ones.

    Most Muslim here don’r even care about the mass slaughters , they are silent on the Christians being slaughtered and yet won’t stop their whines about racism and islamophobia here.

    And they wonder why their faith is the most hated by the 6 ,000,000,000
    unbelievers on Earth. Canada will see the same mass slaughtering via Terrorism bombings on the Subway and hijacked planes from Pearson that get flown into the CN tower and building down down.
    There is a pattern for every time muslims pout into non-islamic states and start off playing the victim as a minority that wants tolerance , but once the population get over 5% the demands starts which follow with jihad terrorism for a caliphate to live by sharia law and then the grand Jihad to claim the Nation of islam .

    It’s not my fault that muslims are predictable because the quran is their manual for battle on earth to be the Master-Race ruling it by sharia law.

  • andycanuck

    BTW, I’m guessing that the programme that failed due to the Afghanis themselves was probably started by the Liberals.

  • Pontifex Maximus

    As soon as I seize the reins of power, CIDA will be obliterated along with the CBC!

  • chayisun

    I feel so much better now about paying taxes. All that money going to…Where was it again?…..Whatever, it was so worth it! Just look at how progressive that muslim infected country has become! Roads built, blown up, rebuilt, blown up. Replaced with dirt roads. Which, before all the paving was done and destroyed, was what they had in the first place.

    By the way, where was Saudi Arabia in all this and those other oil rich bastions of freedom? OK, maybe not so much freedom and all but let the islamists look after their own. That is, if they can stop killing each other…..Well, maybe not….

    Now let’s pull the plug on those other muslim countries.

  • Pontifex Maximus

    I predict that China will eventually conquer Afghanistan; they will genocide most of the population and then proceed to enslave the rest!

  • simus1

    If your side in a war have the slightest amount of sense, they don’t try to “help” anyone in the Pashtunistan heartland of a very active muslim fanatic insurgency. When the locals are starving you offer food for good information and kill the betrayed insurgents in firefights if it pans out. Afghans who “know nothing” or spin tales get a suggestion that they had better be on their way to refugee camps in Dumpsterstan before you come around next time in they think a similar answer will suffice then.

    Any Canadian aid dollars should have been spent in northern Afghanistan among the less fiery national minorities where Pashtuns tend to tread carefully. Worked for the Europeans.

    Of course once the American military bureaucracy and state dept bureaucracy “took over” in Afghanistan from the CIA and installed their Pashtun quisling as Afghan president, the usual political pattern of another American disaster was in motion.