In this interview with leading foreign affairs podcast Global Dispatches, Canadian senator and World Refugee Council member Ratna Omidvar talks about her new bill, which would allow the Canadian government to use the seized assets of corrupt foreign leaders to help refugees and others who have suffered under their regimes:
"There are roughly 20–40 billion dollars' worth of stolen money that can be traced back to corrupt public officials. That's a huge amount of money if we get even $1 billion provided to the humanitarian relief agencies of the world who are never, ever able to reach 100 per cent of their budget. The UNHCR has only ever been able to reach 60 per cent of its budget because it is financed by voluntary contribution. The displaced people of the world cannot simply sit around and wait for charity. This, in a sense, is their money — to help them in their moment of crisis."