According to the Globe and Mail “Canadians contributed $70-million to East Africa famine relief, a figure that will be matched by the Harper government. This brings the total government response to $142-million – $70-million in matching funds and $72.35-million that was provided earlier for humanitarian efforts in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where more than 13 million people are affected by a devastating drought.”  The matching funds are provided to Canadian charities that have the best plans and experience to operate in the region, not necessarily the organization that raised the most funds.

Canadians donate $70-million to drought-stricken East Africa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/canadians-donate-70-million-to-drought-stricken-east-africa/article2191628/

What’s next for the $70-million Canadians donated to East Africa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-gave-70-million-for-east-african-relief/article2192526/