The CanWest News Service (National Post on-line) reports on a Frazier institute study of Canadian Charitable Giving:
The organization calculates that if Canadians were as generous as Americans, then Canadian charities would have $8-billion a year more to help the needy.
Let’s see how easy it is for us to look down our noses at our American cousins with this:
The most striking finding, however, is the dramatic difference in charitable giving between Canada and the United States, it said, noting in terms of the depth, Americans donate 1.57% of their aggregate income, more than double the 0.7% Canadians donate.
Perhaps this would explain Paul Martin’s unwillingness to live up to the AIDS/Development commitment he’d made to Bono as mentioned here. PMPM was just following the lead of the Canadian public.