AWFUL: While Giving Billions More In Foreign Aid, Trudeau Cuts Funding For Making Books Accessible For Blind Canadians

Another disgusting example of Trudeau prioritizing foreign causes over Canadians in need.

As I recently reported, the Trudeau government’s 2018 budget hiked foreign aid spending by $2 Billion over the next five years.

This increase came even as Trudeau said Canadian Veterans were asking for too much money, comments which outraged millions of Canadians.

Now, it has been revealed that the Trudeau government is cutting a program that helped make books accessible for blind and visually impaired Canadians.

As noted by Global, “Starting April 1, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), which is Canada’s largest producer of accessible and alternate-format books, will no longer receive government funding for converting conventional books into accessible formats. The news comes nine days before the CNIB is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary.”

The funding cut will have a big impact:

“[The] CNIB is disappointed and deeply troubled that the federal government has not addressed our budget request for $3 million to support accessible book production,” wrote CNIB president John Rafferty in a letter sent to all MPs and Senators Monday.

“This lack of funding will force CNIB to decommission our accessible book production operations effective April 1, 2018 – unless something is done,” he wrote.

Under the Harper government, during the years of 2005-2011 the CNIB was provided with about $13 million in funding to convert books into digital files, in addition to the regular funding for accessible books.

Now, Trudeau is getting rid of that regular funding. And in a sad irony, Diane Bergeron – a CNIB Vice President who is visually impaired – wasn’t given an accessible copy of the budget by the government on the day it was released.

As Bergeron told Global, “They locked the doors and I was not provided with an accessible format.”

Awful decision

This is an awful decision, and it’s all the more disgusting when contrasted with the government increasing foreign aid.

The Trudeau government is sending a clear message that they value the needs of non-Canadians ahead of the needs of visually impaired Canadians.

As I have said many times – and will continue to say over and over again – the Canadian government is called “Canadian” for a reason: It exists to serve Canadian citizens, not the citizens of foreign countries.

It is unacceptable to cut any program for Canadians while at the same time spending more money overseas.

The Trudeau government continues to display an anti-Canadian attitude and they throw our own citizens under the bus every chance they get.

All Canadians deserve far better. We deserve a government that actually puts our citizens first, instead of treating us as second class citizens in our own nation.

UPDATE: Desperate Liberals backtrack, claim they will restore funding.

After a gigantic backlash on social media, including from many readers of, the Trudeau Liberals have backtracked on the cuts, and claim they will restore the funding:

Of course, given their constant stream of lies, there’s no reason to believe the Liberals aren’t cutting the funding until they offer definitive proof. They no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Spencer Fernando

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