Add your name! Urge Harper to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty

December 11, 2013

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3 Responses to “Add your name! Urge Harper to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty”

  1. Says:

    Response fromt he NDP:

    From: To: Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 3:17 PM
    Subject: New Democrats push for Canada to sign Arms Trade Treaty

    Thank you for taking the time to write in support of the comprehensive Arms
    Trade Treaty (ATT). New Democrats support this agreement.

    We have been very critical of the uncooperative role Canada played during
    the recent negotiations; efforts by government representatives to exclude
    recreational hunting and sports rifles from the treaty also attracted
    international criticism. While briefly chastened enough to vote in favour of
    the treaty, the Conservative government is now refusing to sign it!

    The government’s back-tracking on this significant treaty raises serious
    concerns about the unjustified influence of the gun lobby on Canada’s
    foreign policy. In challenging this unacceptable development, NDP Foreign
    Affairs critic Paul Dewar said, “The Arms Trade Treaty seeks to stem the
    illegal flow of conventional weapons which fuels conflicts, empowers violent
    extremists, and contributes to human rights violations around the world. The
    treaty will have no impact on domestic firearms owners. It’s outrageous that
    the government is making its decision [not to join] based on gun lobby
    ideology rather than the reality that this treaty will help save millions of

    More than a hundred countries are now signatories, including the United
    States. Going forward, New Democrats will continue to urge the Conservatives
    to allow Canada to join in this world-wide endeavour to eliminate the
    illegal weapons trade.

    Thank you again for contacting me with your concerns.

    All the best,

    Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont)
    Leader of the Official Opposition
    New Democratic Party of Canada

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  2. Doreen McConachie Says:

    Ghandi is right, war is wrong.


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