Charities and Canadian Aid
From Ceyanna Meroniuk
Does charity activity influence the distribution of Canada’s bilateral aid? To answer this question, Dr. Hickey collates data from three primary administrative sources: OECD data on Canada’s bilateral aid commitments, Canada’s Registry of Lobbyists, and Canada Revenue Agency’s Charity Information Returns. Using descriptive statistics and regression analysis he shows that charity activity as measured through the registry of lobbyists is more indicative of how aid is allocated than where aid is allocated. Dr. Hickey also highlights the role of Canadian charities as a both a substitute and complement for special interest influence on the distribution of Canadian aid. The implications of his findings on the measurement of influence through special interests and citizens are discussed from a Canadian public policy perspective.