Aid agency says Ottawa must increase budget for international aid

(CP) -A major aid agency says it would welcome any financial help Canada can give to an international campaign to fill a gap created by U-S President Donald Trump's decision to ban American funding for abortion-related groups and projects.

But Oxfam Canada says if Canada is really serious about helping poor women in the developing world, it must increase the money it spends on international aid in the upcoming federal budget.

Oxfam says Canada's decision to take part in today's short-notice pledging conference in Brussels -- known as ``She Decides'' -- is a welcome effort.

Some 50 countries are working to raise 600-million dollars to fill the shortfall caused by Trump's funding withdrawal.(