Down to work

After the third of the day’s seven photo ops, the Prime Minister has just opened the working session of G8 and African leaders—his opening address a photo op in itself. He’s got about 45 minutes before he has to pose again for the cameras.

The Prime Minister’s director of communications has come by to clarify the government’s funding pledge. Canada will commit $1.1-billion in new money and renew $1.75-billion over five years. The official release says Canada “will focus its efforts on improving the services and care needed to ensure healthy pregnancies and safe delivery, while placing a particular emphasis on meeting the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers, newborns and young children. To address child mortality, Canada will work to increase access to the high-impact, cost-effective interventions that address the leading killers of children under the age of five.”