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  1. JamesNovember 24, 2017 at 1:40 am #

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  3. Eric UngerMarch 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    I am deeply grateful for the Ceasefire staff. They are working for the same goals as I am (I’m a member of Conscience Canada) —one of which is to restore Canada’s tattered reputation as a peace-loving nation.

  4. Bob StuartJanuary 20, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    I used to be proud to be in a country that treated war as obsolete, and peace as a good investment. We were not as good as we seemed, but now we are acting worse than we would by a referendum.

  5. Dorothy RandallJanuary 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Canadians do not want to go to war. It is already apparent that our present government is angering and alienating other countries in an effort to “look big”. The photo ops and comments from our heads of state when travelling abroad show their lack of statesmanship and cause concern for all of at home in Canada.

  6. Dale LaVerneJanuary 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I support Ceasefire as a Canadian longing to see our country return to the profile of peacekeepers, not participants in insane wars around the world. Our flag and our citizens used to be acknowledged as peaceful and caring people of the global community. Through this Government, we are allowing ourselves to be tainted by the associations we are keeping in the world and it is dragging our beautiful country into a position of retaliation. This action, these war machines being purchased…. does not empower us in any way. It wastes many years of positive action on the part of so many Canadians and it brings with it utold expenses beyond the most generous more productive action of support and charitable contribution. Our Tax dollars are being squandered in the endless vat of global security’s false purse, we are in cooperation with countries who have no plans to see an end to war. This is not our legacy. This is not what we of Canada wish to stand for. Please do all you can to return us to sanity and peaceful endeavor, to our Country of Caring, Canada.

  7. Marie LloydMay 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm # is a voice of sanity and balance. I treasure its existence, especially now when Canadians’ values are consistently thwarted and undermined by the present federal government.

  8. BarbaraMarch 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I would like to increase my monthly donation through my bank account and receive a copy of your book. How can I do this?

  9. IanFebruary 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    The Army actually wanted and are in desperate need of the $2 billion “tanks” in one of your petitions. The current fleet of armoured vehicles is beyond its recommended lifespan. New vehicles are necessary to maintain a basic level of readiness. Too bad you didn’t research the facts first.

    • JoshuaApril 19, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Too bad we don’t need tanks in the first place. Who is going to invade Canada? Why do we need wars? Is the money not better spent on hospitals? Please, ask yourself questions before making your large overstatements. Thank you for reading!

      • Warning; Read thisFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

        Buying tanks doesn’t mean starting wars. It’s called “defending ourselves” which is not violent, it’s common sense. Even if another country doesn’t invade us (though we should keep that in mind) there is still terrorism to think of. Terrorists can be armed with tanks and attack helicopters and MANPADS, you only have to see ISIS for proof.
        Hospitals are good, but it’s just as wrong to cut the military budget to fund hospitals as it is to cut the hospital budget to fund the military.

        • Daniel RooneyJanuary 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

          Defending ourselves does not mean buying tanks. Historically we have never used a tank to defend Canada – only to attack other countries. If we had a common sense strategy for defence of the country that didn’t use our fighter jets to bomb people in countries we know little about – perhaps we might decide we need more boats instead. I’m no expert but our military has seldom been used for the greater good. Libya, anyone?

  10. Alan GschwindDecember 31, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  11. Stephen BergDecember 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    I support Ceasefire because it is an effective organization against the Military-Industrial Complex. This war machine is eating up hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide which could be used to promote healthy living, anti-poverty campaigns, green energy investments and fighting human-made global warming, and improving health care. It is incredibly important that the military machine be curtailed and humanity reap the rewards. Good work, Ceasefire!

  12. Jim SinclairNovember 12, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Friends have told me I have a “white knight” personality, and I suppose that’s true. I have always championed the underdog. Unfortunately, win or lose, I enjoyed the battle as well. Many years have passed since those days and I like to think that the years have mellowed me. I honestly try my best to love even my enemies.

    The old habits die hard however, and when the dogs of war start barking I start biting the dogs of war. I can’t seem to help myself. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me for my paradoxical propensity to fight for peace.

  13. RobertNovember 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I believe in humanity; and the only way I see us surviving as a whole is if we stop participating in this symbiotic relationship with this war machine we have created called politics, ignorance, military and money from destroying us all from within. I guess you can say it is what it is: I say: “Everything matters.”

    • WayneNovember 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

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  14. Susan GingellNovember 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    My Canada doesn’t include war-mongering.

    • Marie LloydNovember 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      I want to stop the Harper War Machine as much as I can. That means investing in with a monthly donation, augmented by my response to special calls from Ceasefire for arising needs. I’m grateful to Ceasefire and plan to continue to make my gratitude palpable.

      • bobNovember 11, 2013 at 12:10 am #

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  15. Yvonne ZarownyNovember 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    War doesn’t provide real security – given the horrid wars of the 20th C … we should know that by now. Also, we can no longer afford the “luxury” of the military/corporate/academic/corporate media complex. We know how to build societies that actually get along with each other in an authentically sustainable manner. We need to stop allowing ourselves and others falling for the propaganda that militarization is for our protection … and you help provide the information to do that. However – you need to begin to connect it to other issues re: real costs (lives, environment, lost opportunities. Keep up the good work and start connecting the dots.

    • bobNovember 11, 2013 at 12:12 am #

      No but fighting hitler and the nazis gave you the freedom you sooo much enjoy today! these vets are not glorifying anything! those vets were scared shitless fighting for US and you turn around and spit on them! SHAME SHAME SHAME

      • Warning; Read thisFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

        Hear hear!

  16. Tim ButlerNovember 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    These arrogant politicians and mainstream media hacks need confrontation.
    You are doing a fine job.

  17. Leila LustigNovember 2, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I contribute to Ceasefire because you are the only counter-force to Stephen Harper’s daydream of a militarized Canada — which is a nightmare for me, having come from the gun-obsessed United States.

    • bobNovember 11, 2013 at 12:14 am #

      Oh pleassse this is just a left wing socialistic hippy dippy farce of an organization! stop waisting peoples time! Harper was elected to government so get over it! place a democratic vote and have him gone on the next election. so we can rely on the americans to fight our battles! come on ppl wake up!

  18. Debora BurgessNovember 2, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I live in BC and am not able to do all the frontline communication with lobbyists, media, MPs and other government officials that Ceasefire does. If it were not for the crew at Ceasefire and their unending dedication to Canada being a peaceful force in the world, many of Steven Harper’s laws and military purchases would have gone thru parliament and made Canada part of the US Military industrial complex. Harper continues to push for more military involvement in the US and NATO intrusions into sovereign countries for the purpose of corporate industrial takeovers. Ceasefire is our frontline information and attack centre to bring awareness and popular support of private Canadian citizens to the issues of our day. Keep up the strong work. I will always support peaceful resolutions and Ceasefire’s efforts to bring them.

    • bobNovember 11, 2013 at 12:17 am #

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  19. Clint LaForgeNovember 2, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I support Ceasefire because they espouse my values regarding opposition to more War Machine in Canada. Ceasefire has become the organization in Ottawa with clout, even more than the official Opposition in the House in this “war” against making war. A little money donation goes a long way toward creating a better more peaceful Canada for our kids. Thanks Ceasefire.

  20. Terri RobsonOctober 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    I support ceasefire as it seems to be the only outlet that dissects the propaganda being spewed that WAR and more armaments are the only way to Peace. Forget about diplomats striving to engage thier counterparts in ways to come to some sort of compromise on almost anything that they disagree on, instead we go straight to being the aggressive belligerents, with a My Way or the Highway ideology…

  21. David StormAugust 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    We don’t need any more weapons in the world, we need peace and countries that will work towards peace. Canada used to be a peace keeper nation and it’s well past time that we return to that role. We can and should take leadership here. Harper is nothing more than an American toady.

  22. Eve RichardsonAugust 16, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    I’m very disturbed by the suggestion that Canada should develop its economy by contributing to arms manufacture and trade. And the argument that our allies are doing it so we should too is a false one. I don’t teach kids that the way to play in the schoolyard is to wield bigger sticks or give them to their friends when another kid is bullying them. I don’t know how we are to teach children not to fight and not to bully or abuse others when my government is “building the economy and creating jobs” by selling weapons. This is not the Canada I believe in.

  23. Brian VAugust 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    The information that you provide Steven Staples and is impressive. It is quite informative.

    • JoshuaAugust 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      I support because our work will save lives and get Canada away from the Military Industrial Complex.

  24. Donna McFaulAugust 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    I want no part of the arms industry that slaughters the innocent as well as the guilty of this world. Once, Canada had a proud and respected reputation as a peacemaker. Gone…gone….gone.

    For what? To become part of the industry that has decimated the American economy? The moral cost even higher than filthy lucre that pays for it all.

    Thank you Steven Staples.

  25. Alicia Montoya ZukAugust 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    There is a universal law that rules all life which says: “LIKE BEGETS LIKE”.

    The critical point that is evident in this case is that the law, “like begets like”, makes each one of us individually responsible for the kind of relations, attitudes, thoughts and actions we have with others.

    The law is simple:

    If we want good in our lives, we must be good to others.

    If we want peace in our lives, we must create and give peace to others.

    Creating and selling weapons can only beget violence and destruction. I would not like our country to be the cause of more suffering and violence in this world.

  26. Dr. Van E. ChristouAugust 13, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Having earned a commission in the Canadian Army many years ago I become more and more deeply convinced in my senior years that Canada must work toward promoting nuclear disarmament and peace keeping.
    These efforts should be backed up with a strong commitment to achieving a more equitable distribution of wealth within Canada as well as globally.
    By concentrating our efforts as a nation on improving the quality of life here at home instead of falling prey to powerful military-industrial rhetoric we can look forward to the day when Canada can become an example for our global community to follow.
    We have the resources both natural and human to do this – all we need now is the leadership.

  27. Anne StreeterAugust 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Just read Tim Pages’s article. There is something really creepy about being a shill for the arm’s industry! Thank you Steven Staples for staying on top of this issue!

  28. Stephanie MichaelsAugust 13, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    I am horrified to think that people in Canada will be working to rob people in other countries of their lives. If our arms industry is lagging behind, then let it do so. The very laws of free enterprise dictate that the business should die if it is not needed by consumers. To think that my own government is turning on its own values of conservatism and free markets is embarrassing. The government should do nothing to assist the arms industry in revitalizing itself or “grow”.

  29. Joanna MiazgaAugust 13, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I support Ceasefire because I am absolutely opposed to the Canadian economy being dominated by the agenda of the military industrial complex that is destroying the American economy. Our federal government has bowed to the military industrial complex and has turned our country away from peacemaking to active participation in war like behavior. Shame on the government and shame on Canadians for allowing the Harper Conservative government to pursue this agenda.

  30. Kevin KvisleAugust 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    The Nuremburg Laws that were signed on to by the USA declared the invasion of another nation to be amongst the highest crimes against humanity. That Canada has anything to do with the multiple invasions and occupations of other nations is disugsting, and would have been “unheard of” until the Harper Govt began it’s rude change to Canada’s image worldwide.

  31. Michael mottAugust 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Climate change is greatly exacerbated by the military industrial complex. I am baffled by the complete lack of foresight by those who do the lobbying for weapons funding. Are these people so short sighted that they want to speed up their and everyone else’s demise, or are they completely ignorant of how much wasted energy goes into destructive manufacturing. I hope that the people of Canada wake up and see the folly of these policies and change their votes in the next election and consider the long term prospects of our only home in this universe.

    Living in a wasteland will not be very pleasant and all the greedy money in the world will not repair the damage to our environment that destructive weapons make on a daily basis.

    I get very sad just thinking about such colossal waste! I am sad that we continue to think that we need more weapons, not less.

  32. V. Cerezke-SchoolerAugust 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Humanity has intelligence, the capacity for moral reflection and the ability to reason and compromise. We do ourselves and all humanity a disservice when we resort to destroying each other with guns, bombs, drones etc. Humans are the only animal that attacks and kills its own species.
    War is incredibly costly both in economic terms, our quality of life, sense of security and in damage suffered by the people who are manipulated into joining the military. In addition, our government does not look after the returnees properly when they return home injured emotionally or physically.
    All of us the world over would be much freer, safer and better off if we would resolve differences face to face using our voice and humanity instead of fighting each other.
    The bible that we say we honour tells not to kill and there is a period at the end of that commandment.
    Canada was a peace keeping country and let us return to that role.

  33. Jean-PierreAugust 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    We absolutely need an organisation like Ceasefire in Canada, thanks and keep up the good work.

  34. wes kmetAugust 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Arming for defensive purposes is problematic enough so put our dollars not in weapons but in things that will sustain Canada and stop these industrial/military complexes. So Boss/Boss our politicians for the rest of your life and encourage everyone you talk to do the same—cheers

  35. EricAugust 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    These Pestmedia papers (Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa) have a deal with Facebook: you have to give that commercial database your information in order to comment on their sites.
    Here is what I would have commented if Pestmedia sites actually wanted public discussion:

    “The Canadian Armed Forces are poised to spend somewhere around $240 billion on equipment over the next 20 years”

    According to a National Pest op ed, that’s one-fifth of Canada’s public debt ($1.2 trillion). As the Pest’s Fraser Institute commentators write, “Canadian politicians need to stop searching for additional revenues and spend more time finding ways to reduce their own profligate spending habits”

  36. Natania WingraveAugust 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Duh, cui bono, folks? As many of you know governments are run by the vested interests. In this case the armament and military complex.

    War makes money for all those already rich enough, whether multinationals or any other organizations promoting war at all cost. War makes money for relatively few. Boys with their toys and their insatiable appetite for destruction. Humanity is not a factor in their lives.

    Of course, it is obvious that countries spending on defence are the ones with the huge deficits. If countries continue to spend endlessly on defence, the whole world will be in deficit and the financial world will collapse. Perhaps with corruption rife, it would be a ‘Good Idea’ if it did. It certainly doesn’t work for any populations living under its flawed system.

    • Denise RackusNovember 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      You forgot to mention the Petroleum industry which is even more powerful.

  37. Larry MusserAugust 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Excellent article responding to Tim Page whose myopic vision for Canadian budget commitments are all too obvious . Thanks for saying it like it is .

  38. Evelyn TischerAugust 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Why I support Ceasefire ?

    When I was a little girl, I told myself that the thing I would like to have done with my life when I was dying is working for peace.
    I am glad to have found an organisation that is working toward this.

    I wish everbody were wishing for peace and asking to stop war and “military preparation ”

    My dream as a youg girl was that all the children of the world would unite to ask adults for PEACE.

    I still dream…

    • Warning; Read thisFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      If we have a chance to do that, we should take it, but world peace isn’t going to happen anytime soon, and Canada being a peace leader won’t stop ISIS, it won’t make Russia back out of Ukraine and it won’t stop the nuclear arms race.

  39. Paul D. OwenAugust 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    While it is necessary to maintain a military force in a world as uncertain as ours, it is unnecessary to maintain a military industrial complex that profits from arms sales in areas where our only motive is profit.

  40. Alex LautensachAugust 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Steven’s claim that “nobody wants an economy that benefits from climate change and war” makes one think. If it were that simple, would we have all these problems? It seems that there does a exist a small, powerful minority behind Harper’s agenda who actually don’t mind profiteering from human misery. They are part of the multinational corporate establishment, but they are also Canadians. This minority receives active and passive support from a sizeable section of the Canadian electorate, consisting of the “unaware, unconcerned and unconvinced” (Raskin et al 2002: 19), as well as the simply clueless. Do those people want such an economy? Not all of them would answer with an unequivocal NO either.
    What I am driving at is that the focus of our efforts needs to be to try and convince this latter group that their values could do with some examining. Taking back the media, publicly shaming individuals and corporations, becoming more vocal in any way we can, and other strategies help. Thank you, Steve, for your tremendous efforts in that regard!

  41. Kathy HuttonAugust 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I strongly support Ceasefire, and the peace work they provide, keeping us informed and lobbying for peace. Thank you!
    Am concerned about Canada’s changing role from world peacekeeping status toward becoming another militarized nation. (sigh) I see this as part of the mind-set that thinks we need to spend big $ on “defence” of climate-changing tar sands (& other non-renewable resources). After all, Canada’s oil/gas resources must be protected…….:-((
    Canada needs a regime change: replace Harper’s government with a progressive government, who will pursue renewables, sustainable economy, and steer us back to a caring society.

  42. Kathleen HillAugust 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    “Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” ― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
    “Nobody wants an economy that benefits from climate change and war. The government should not pursue a defence strategy designed to build an arms industry in Canada, but should instead focus on building Canadian prosperity on peace and sustainability, in keeping with Canadian values.” Steven Staples, President of the Rideau Institute, an Ottawa-based research and advocacy group.
    “Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.” Abraham Flexner (1866 – 1959), Universities, part 3, 1930
    “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
    “Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.” – Euripides

  43. Horst KlausAugust 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    It is ironic that the two countries that lost WW II and were badly distroyed, were in a few decades leading economies in the world – I am talking Japan and Germany. If my observations are right – rebuilding a military power in Germany and Japan was forbidden and therefore money could be invested in re-building both countries and economies. And obtaining a firearm in Japan is still almost impossible, compared to nearly one weapon per American in circulation. Just another way to keep the “Defense” industry (or better “Industry of destruction and death” )happy and making money – blood-money to be acuate!

  44. Grace IsaakAugust 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    The human race seems bent on destroying it’s own self while annihilating the planet that sustains our being.
    This is a deliberate decision by individuals who want power and monetary currency to buy that power. They know the long term effects but do not care.
    Those of us who do care must do all that we can to stave off their unthinking depredations and hope that future generations will evolve to the point of nurturing our planet and our species. Thank you Ceasefire for giving us a platform!

  45. Gordon McDowellAugust 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. As Smedley Butler said after a career in the military ” All of the wars I have participated in were not for our security, but rather for the copor ate industrial complex”. The governments need to wake up! War is so yesterday. The people dying from armaments have as much right to live as we do.

  46. Nick GurnickAugust 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I don’t believe we should be spending money on weapons just to fight in other peoples wars. I also think it is criminal to use weapons for the sole purpose of killing innocent people. We don’t need armed drones to protect us. The money being spent for this could be use to help lower the poverty level. It could be used for better health care & better education. It could also be used to help the native peoples of our country to reach a point of equality with the rest of Canadians. There are too few organizations involved in trying to hold Harper accountable for his actions.

  47. Anna Louise E. FontaineAugust 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    C’est simple: la violence engendre la violence. Plus d’armes veut dire plus de violence. Pour arrêter ce cercle vicieux, les gens et les pays doivent trouver d’autres façons de résoudre les conflits. En se parlant et en guérissant leurs blessures émotionnelles.

  48. Dianne O'BrienAugust 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    I read David Suzuki’s post and I fully agree with it. Great Canadians such as Lester B. Person must be turning over in their graves. The only thing that war is good for is the industries associated with it.

    I travel a great deal and I used to meet people who would claim to be Canadian although they were from Colorado, California …etc. That does not happen now. My friends in Chile and Peru ask what is going on in Canada; why does your government allow Canadian companies to break laws in foreign countries, to exploit poor people and disrespect environmental laws.

    I was in a shop one day several years ago on one of the virgin islands and the shop keeper asked if i was Canadian. He went on to say he could tell Canadians from Americans. Canadians were more respectful and therefore were more respected.

    All this respect vanishes with war. Nobody respects war. Nobody respects warmongers.

  49. Lisbeth ClarkAugust 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I am sick and tired of our young people getting murdered in the name of enforcing our western civilization and beliefs on other countries. I believe in equality and freedom for all. However, since Canada has a leader who is determined to destroy every vestige of OUR democracy, I don’t see that we have the right to dictate to others. We do not get to impose our beliefs and way of life, most of which no longer work, when we can’t get out own country working right. Pot v Kettle attitude simply does not work.

  50. Leila LustigAugust 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Those of us who value peace and widespread prosperity — not just profits for bankers and business — need a voice in Canada. I support Ceasefire for that reason.

    • Seriously?March 7, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      The military does not fight for profit, bonehead.

  51. Ken DresenAugust 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    The gravest threat to Canada is the assault on its sovereignty through the policies of the Harper Government.
    I value our traditions as peace keepers and am appalled at the current governments hawkish, warmongering tendencies. Their knee-buckling support of Jurassic Corporations, international and foreign, is an insult to the majority of Canadians and to their heartfelt values.
    Keep up the good work, Steven. Canadians are better informed and represented by Ceasefire than by the Harper Government and the Pro-war lobby groups they endorse.

  52. Onni MilneAugust 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    There is little to be proud of in Harper’s Canada these days. I am one of millions of Canadians who DO NOT WANT my economy to fuel further climate change or support conflicts abroad. I feel sickened at the thought of billions being spent to ensure military contracts are honoured while citizens go hungry, end up homeless with no support or are unable to access adequate and effective health care. A society shows itself through how well (or not) it creates an opportunity of equality for all in all ways. I support in its efforts to ensure that peace and the benefits it offers is the focus and end game for Canadian society today.

  53. Gary BlackwoodAugust 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    How can anyone bear to juxtapose the words “defence” and “industry”?

  54. Elizabeth MitchellAugust 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Canada was and still should be a peace keeping country, let us get our good reputation back and not be selling arms in the international trade market. I fully support for their work in fighting for peace, disarmament and social justice. Thank You Steven Staples, and keep up your good work.

    • Seriously?March 7, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Peacekeeping is good. But making it an only role for a military is just plain stupid because peacekeepers cannot defend a country.

  55. LaurenAugust 12, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Once upon a time Canada was a peace keeping nation and I was proud of my country. This sounds like a fairytale because now we are blindly following suit with blood thirsty war bound nations. Ceasefire is an organization that remembers what we used to be and how much we did for people without violence. We are a powerful people and we don’t need guns or ammo to prove it. Harper is not strong. He is weak and his actions weaken us every time he is allowed to get away with them. We need organizations who won’t just let him or his lobbyists change our country and weaken our peace.

  56. Maria BellAugust 12, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I am in support of any movement towards reducing violence in the world.

  57. Donald Robert DonaldsonAugust 12, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    As a Retired Educator and a True Canadian, I am very disgusted by our Present Prime Minister and his Stance on our Military, especially his changing BACK to British Insignia instead of our Beloved Maple Leaf.
    I used to be proud of our PEACE KEEPING ROLE of our troops in the past.
    Now, I am ashamed of our present role!
    Shame on you Steven Harper!!!

    • Seriously?March 7, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      So I’m not a true Canadian because I support being prepared for a war? The soldiers, sailors, and pilots that serve to defend our country are not true Canadians?
      Shame on you…

  58. SylvieAugust 12, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Thank you for publishing this article in the Ottawa Citizen. It’s appalling,scary and disappointing to know what’s going on. Wars never solved anything and Canada is supposed to be a peaceful country. Let’s try to keep our peacekeeping reputation.

  59. RachelAugust 12, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    We need to stop putting money into war and violence, and put more money into eradicating poverty, illiteracy, disease, and violence. I fully support what you are doing!

  60. Karen NystromAugust 12, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Words really cant express the shame I feel when reading how Stephen Harper works quietly behind our backs building an arms industry in Canada. Shame on Harper, shame.

  61. Brault KelpinAugust 12, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    My grandparents came to Canada from Georgia 114 years ago to escape the Czar’s violent retribution after their parents burned their guns in peaceful protest to war. For my grandchildren to now grow up in a country that is becoming no different than pre-revolution Russia is hard to accept. This isn’t the Canada that I want it to be. Sad that we’re squandering our reputation, and instead contributing further to the misery that war generates. This is un-Canadian.

  62. Gale O'BrienAugust 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I am a product of WWII and still remember hearing on the radio the start of the Korean war. War solves nothing however it certainly increases the moneys for the arms manufacturers and the pharmaceutical companies. As the slogan from the Viet Nam war says: “Wars are not good for children and other living things”. Canada is already being invaded however it is through pacts such as NAFTA the possible FIPA and anything connected with the EEC.
    As long as Hollywood sends the message that the fastest gun is the winner we shall not see great strides in the so-called peaceniks being heard so it is great to see your Ceasefire page. Keep up the great work. So many people in Canada have come from wartorn countries and areas we don’t need any more fighting – our commonality as human beings should be enough for us to join together to save the planet.

  63. Judith BezerediAugust 12, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Who were the last people, who have attacked us? If I remember my history well, were the Americans. We beat them back and burned their White House. We should take an example from the Swiss, have our young ones serve the country in social programs, have Quebec kids work a year or two in “English Canada”, and have “English” kids serve in Quebec. We should all be able to speak English and French, like the Swiss speak many of their own dialects. What have the poorest of the poor Afghans do against us? or Iraq for that matter? I’ve been a mother for many years, but not for a moment did I say to myself: how great, my kids will go to the end of the world and they tell those people how to live! Just think: what would we do, if the Afghans demanded that we must live like them?-even though it would be more beneficial to the environment…NO MORE WARS! not in my name!

  64. Horst KlausAugust 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I had to go through WWII as a child and as teenager through American and Soviet occupation in Germany and as a result of it I am against any agressive military action – I have had enough of it! Harper is just another warmonger and I can’t wait to see the end of his regime! I’ll never forget when he was in opposition and wanted to “help our friends” to the south with the invasion of Iraq. We were lucky to have Primeminister Chretien who refused to follow suit – how wmany young Canadians would have lost their lives and how many billions of tax payers’ money would have been wasted?? Too bad, too many Canadians forgot when they gave him a majority government…

  65. Mary Margaret ParentAugust 12, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    The matter of peace-building is as important to me as that of the environment.
    They are deeply connected and we dismiss them at our peril.

    • JoAnn LAugust 12, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      YES YES YES !!!

  66. David SkulskiAugust 12, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    My own views are entirely congruent with Steven Staples and I support this movement completely. I’ll even go one further with a suggestion: let us, including the government, stop using the euphemism “defence”. Let’s call it what it really is, the Department of Death and Destruction and its attendant industry the same. It would be interesting to see what that simple linguistic shift would do.

  67. David Khono HacklandAugust 12, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    War brings primarily bad things to humanity in general. Few people benefit. More weapons to feed the arms race tends to make war more likely and more devastating. These are truths most Canadians hold to be true. And yet Canada is continuing to arm and supply arms to the world.

    War is the result of the failure of all other possibilities. Instead of investing in failure, let us invest in success. Let us be Canadian again. How many innocent people, how many children must be killed for the purveyors of violence and war to stop rattling their sabres? There seems to be no limit and so it is up to us, with the help of organisations such as to put a stop to the slaughter.

  68. william sweetlingAugust 12, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    If Harper and his so-called “Conservative” thugs had their way we’d be speaking Chinese and marching to a hockey game in jackboots, singing “God Bless America”. Harper is no more a Canadian than “The Tea Party” is American. Ceasefire is needed in the face of such corruption and I’m glad Steven Staples has the courage and the patriotism to show Canadians what the conservative-controlled medias will not show: The truth.

  69. Ismail ZayidAugust 12, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I support Ceasefire because of your principled stand opposing war.
    Wars bring nothing but destruction and injury and resolve no conflict.

  70. Ron StrandAugust 12, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    thanks the absolute insanity of spending monies of guns and stuff when there are so many other positive areas where monies can go green technology, subsidized housing, preventive health care etc etc etc

  71. Irene ReyesAugust 12, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Canada has always been known as a peaceful country and it is so alarming what Harper is promoting by providing weapons to other countries. All this money spent on this when it should be spent on making Canada a better country. Providing health care, shelter and safe food for all Canadians which is our right and what we pay taxes for.
    I hope people remember this when we go to the polls the next time and that everyone does their research before voting. I hope it isn’t too late already from the smoke an mirrors of Harpers regime.
    Ceasefire please keep on doing what you are doing by ripping the mask off what is really going on.

  72. GregAugust 12, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Thanks for helping to lift one of the many veils that keep the public in the dark these days. People are waking up and stretching. Hopefully our elected officials will start doing their jobs and representing us soon.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  73. GregAugust 12, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Thanks for helping to lift one of the many veils that keep the public in the dark these days. People are waking up and stretch. Hopefully our elected officials will start doing their jobs and representing us soon.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  74. Larry CarneyAugust 12, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Canada needs to keep being seen as a “peace country” and not a “war country”. Harper keeps trying to follow Big Brother to the south and feed wars all over the world. We all need to recall the warning of President Eisenhower kin 1960, to eward of the military industrial complex that keeps getting more powerful and grows on the use of fear and wars to both cause and react to fear. Stop and think: Have wars made things better in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libra, now in Syria, and in more South “African countries? We must not ger sucked further into this mentality.

  75. Barry WilkinsonAugust 12, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    your comment says it all:
    To the defence industry, a tax dollar spent on a hospital is a tax dollar not spent on a fighter jet.

  76. L.A. MandevilleAugust 12, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Canada has no need for any further weaponry of any kind. The reason is plainly obvious: we are bordered by no other country except the USA. Nobody will ever invade us. So we have to consider the other, non-official role of an army, which is to control its own population. We may wonder whether the Conservatives have plans to use excessive force including armed drones against future demonstrators, environmentalists, the Natives, etc. whose causes the majority of us Canadians agree with. Every Canadian in his/her right mind should support

  77. LizAugust 12, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I support ceasefire because we need to work together against those who profit from war. An excellent expose of the war economy “Voltaire’s Bastards” was written by Adrienne Clarkson’s husband. I conjecture that the husband of Canada’s Governor General has considerable insight into the war economy. War is terrible. I have taught adult education and knew a man with bullet scars on his hand, head, and leg who witnessed his wife and daughter die during the conflict in Afghanistan. Another victim of war was a lady who seldom spoke but always wore a scarf around her neck to cover the scar of when her throat was slit after she was raped during the war in Yugoslavia. These were the lucky people who survived war. I feel a moral obligation to support anyone who opposes war. War and armed conflict are never a solution.
    The Green Party of Canada develops all its policies from proposals written by members. It is truly a grassroots democracy that would never support warmongering or arms profiteering. All the other parties have a small cadre of elite who develop policy.
    Canada should not invest my tax money in the weapons industry. Ceasefire is a wonderful organization that provides some resistance to and information on the warmongers and profiteers of the war industry.

  78. Octaevius AltairAugust 12, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    War is never a solution and furthermore it will not be tolerated anymore on this Planet as a means to settle anything.

  79. Barbara HorvathAugust 12, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    As long as the Canadian government thinks the military is the way to ensure our security, and to get involved in conflicts around the world, we need to keep challenging those beliefs.

  80. jacques desjardinsAugust 12, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    The warmongers and arms dealers want to keep it going, but the vast majority of sane people in the world want an end to this futile method of resolving disputes. War resolves nothing. – See more at:

  81. Jean-Pierre LusignanAugust 12, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Comme les partis de l’opposition le demandent régulièrement depuis plusieurs années, le gouvernement devrait logique soumettre ses choix militaires stratégiques au Parlement et les lui faire adopter. Au lieu et place, nous investissons dans l’armement et aidons d’autres pays à faire de même. Que feront-ils de ces armements? D’autres champs de bataille à venir, ne serait-ce que pour tester les produits offerts en vente?

  82. Bob StuartAugust 12, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Wars are fought to increase inequality, and are a totally terrible waste of resources. Only madmen and criminals seek to profit by it. Companies that make weapons should be drafted into service at zero profit.

  83. patricia beattyAugust 12, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    War has absolutely no solutions for any country. Change happens differently and the sooner our government representatives understand this the better. We must support that which will save out planet and make us true planetary citizens and war and a flourishing arms trade definitely do not create thepath to this.

  84. Bonnie CroninAugust 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I support ceasefire and anyone’s efforts 1. to educate the people about what is going on in our government and 2. to voice the objections of Canadians. The government does not listening to what the people want. Is this a government? Obviously not. We have remained trusting and stupid about how and why decisions are made in Canada, for far too long. Now it is out of control and the government does what it wants at the people’s expense. I will support all those who challenge this madness and who work towards peace.

  85. John Mark RobertsonAugust 11, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    “War does not determine who is right, only who is left.” Bertrand Russell
    That sums it up. The warmongers and arms dealers want to keep it going, but the vast majority of sane people in the world want an end to this futile method of resolving disputes. War resolves nothing.

  86. Marie LloydAugust 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I support monthly because I support sanity in any rare manifestation I can see it take. Neoliberalism and atomic individualism together shout “Me!” and “Only Me!”

    To this viral disorder I can only say “Mitakueye oyasin”, Lakota for “All My Relations” or “All My Family”. (Why do I need to resort to Lakota, anyway? – and I do need to.)

  87. Peter GiaschiAugust 10, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I have been a supporter for a long time. Remember your bullet-hole t-shirts? I had two, and they inspired many of my students to think about the issues you were addressing. I cannot thank you enough for your work and your determination, especially as ‘our’ government (certainly not mine) becomes ever-more warlike (read: crazed).

    In the words of Lee Camp, keep fighting.


  88. Gord DoctorowJuly 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I support with monthly donations. It is one of the very few organizations that I support with monthly donations. The reason is that Stephen Staples is courageous in dealing with the media, the government, and its coterie of powerful and moneyed supporters. Stephen has his facts straight, keeps well abreast of the machinations of the war industry and its compliant servants in the Tory and Liberal camps. Without, there would not be the level of exposure of the machinations of the Harper government and the war industry.

  89. Jamie LaidlawJune 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    You are doing what needs doing and you aim to win.

  90. John E ParryJune 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I support because they are doing vital work for all Canadians in working for peace. has been very successful in putting pressure on the government, especially in the F-35 situation. I am glad that they are still keeping an eye on the F-35, but are also moving on new campaigns, such as scrapping Canada’s useless military submarines.

    Ceasefire also opposes other Harper government sub-agendas: we MUST continue to do so, if allowed to continue, they we will soon give us a Canada we no longer recognize.

    – See more at:

    • Seriously?March 7, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      We still need submarines. And we’re too far in the F-35 deal, so we have to stick with it.

  91. Kerry BrewerJune 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I support because they are doing important work for all Canadians in exposing the government’s true agenda and working for peace. In my mind, they have been very successful in putting pressure on the government, such as in the F-35 situation and the procurement of drones. If we allow the Harper government to continue unfettered, we will soon have a Canada we no longer recognize.

  92. Bonnie DenhaanJune 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    There is a quotation “War destroys the work of mothers”. I totally believe that this is so. It also destroys progress in almost every aspect of human or natural evolution to a higher way of being. It creates the ultimate in waste,pollution, long-term suffering, and sows the devilish seeds for future conflict. Civilization must learn to understand that war is counter-indicative to upholding and uplifting our better natures. We must start NOW or see life as we would wish it simply vanish forever.

    • Seriously?March 7, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      So does building solar panels, wind turbines, cars, buildings, etc. Defence equipment is not the only cause of pollution!

  93. Joanne PetersonJune 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    I am happy to contribute monthly to Ceasefire because I believe it’s important to hear ‘the other side of the story’. Our culture seems brain-washed to believe that military might is the only way to achieve peace. It’s important to recognize that other options exist — I appreciate Steven Staples’ tireless efforts to create a new mindset in Canada.

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  95. David HillJune 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I support because I know that war is not en effective way of resolving disagreements. Quite the reverse. Even the great war leader, Winston Churchill, stated clearly that negotiation is better than war. is one of the few internationally-recognised forums for explaining the follies of militarisation and war, and providing credible reasons for their stance that can properly inform the public. They (Steven in particular) has also shown admirable persistence and carried out valuable investigative work.

    Canada gained a wonderful reputation as a peacekeeping nation that urgently needs to be restored.

    • Ernie LacasseAugust 12, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      I was born just a few years before the outbreak of world War II and have been hearing about conflicts here there and everywhere all of my life! Along with the news of conflicts there are the news clips and the photos of the mayhem left behind. The community in which my family was living before the war began was impacted by the forced removal of all of our Japanese neighbours in the name of security. After that came Korea followed by many other regions in conflict. For what? Can’t we learn to get along with each other and to realize that people are different from each other in many ways. Instead of hitting each other, let us live in peace!!!!

  96. Gerladine YoungJune 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I feel I can trust Ceasefire. Ceasefire is always on top of all the mistakes, and clearly wrong way our Conservative government is progressing. You provide trustfully information that no one can deny.

    I do not trust our Government and am glad there is a Ceasefire on our watch and informing the public.

  97. EricJune 11, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I appreciate Ceasefire’s willingness to be on the front lines of resistance to military foolishness, revealing the background to many of the statements and claims made by the Harper government. In my view, a government that is not transparent, and even worse, one that refuses to honour its promises from the past, is not the kind of government that I feel I can trust – ever. Ceasefire shines a bright light on the hidden agenda of Stephen Harper.

  98. Alvin A. LeeJune 11, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I support Ceasefire because of three things: its proven performance in doing timely research on peace and defense matters; its promptness in keeping us supporters and others informed about security issues that are inadequately presented in the media; and, above all, its deep commitment to helping prevent our current miserable government from remaking Canada into the militaristic rightwing capitalist state that it wants.

  99. Penny OyamaJune 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Even before I heard Steve Staples speak at the World Peace Forum in Vancouver, B C in 2006, I was convinced that is the last word in speaking truth to power. His description of Canada’s evolution away from being a major contributor to U N peace-keeping forces to an aggressive combat partner alongside the U S, in “Marching Orders”, which he wrote in October, 2006, commissioned by the Council of Canadians, further cemented my conviction to become a regular contributor.
    I encourage all who seek ammunition to counter the fallacies perpetuated by the media to sign up immediately, if not sooner!

  100. Geo. NevilleJune 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I admire and support Steven Staples of the Rideau Institute for his critical advocacy for peaceful solutions against rising militarism and the exorbitantly costly and inappropriate armaments being impressed on the Canadian government by powerful American manufacturers. He has waged a continuous effective critique of the F-35 so-called ‘stealth’ fighter plane so unsuited for Canadian forays to the far-north with its single engine and limited fuel capacity, that if augmented with attached fuel chambers below the fuselage, destroys its ‘stealth’ character. He is correct and well-concerned for the well-being of Canadian fighter pilots to seek more appropriate, general purpose, and less costly planes from other supplies.

  101. Dorothy FieldJune 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    There seems to be an increasing appetite to re-militarize Canada. It is there in Mr. Harper’s rhetoric and in his spending priorities. We must speak loudly for the Canada we believe in — for our role as peacemakers and peacekeepers. If we lie down for this shift, we will lose the Canada we love.

  102. Bob WorkumJune 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Canada has traditionally been a strong supporter of peaceful resolution of conflict. Peacemakers rather than warmongers. The present government seems to focus on attack rather than defense, (witness stealth fighters, maintenance of useless submarines)following in lock step with the United States. Ceasefire appears to be the most effective organization holding the government’s feet to the fire over the role of the military, and the amount of money spent on the military while health, education, and other social services go underfunded.
    Support Ceasefire!

  103. Caroline MaloneyJune 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I support Ceasefire because Steven Staples and those who work tirelessly at the Rideau Institute because they are doing a tremendous service for those who believe in Peace. That means confronting the Canadian military establishment (i.e. the old generals) and the Harper government hawks who would rather blow Canadian taxpayers money on killing people and replenishing their own bank accounts and prestige, rather than working for peace. Ceasefire is the only group exposing the atrosities of this Harper government and his cronies in the military and calling them to task! How could any conscientious Canadian not support Ceasefire!

  104. Ann GibsonJune 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I support Ceasefire because this organization represents all the values I believe in, and think of as innately Canadian. I am appalled that these values have lost respect in the last few years and feel that we need to stand up and SCREAM “ENOUGH!!”

  105. Tim QuigleyJune 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Promoting peace and exposing the militarism of the Canadian state (particularly under the Harper government) are extremely important. performs these tasks in a highly effective way. I am especially impressed with the media savvy exhibited by

  106. Don KerrJune 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    I support Ceasefire because the Harper government is trying to cast us as a warrier nation, celebrating our wars and moulding our history in this direction. Even in the best of times, we need to push toward a peace-keeping and peace-making mode for obvious reasons.

  107. Cheryl TardifJune 6, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I’m for peace.

    • Mavis DeGirolamoJune 6, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      I believe in the work of Ceasefire and hope that my small contributions will assist the work for peace.

  108. Gloria G. PaulJune 6, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    From bombs dropped on my hometown, London, England during WW11, I found myself in adulthood surprisingly having emigrated next to the “largest live combat Base in the Commonwealth” in New Brunswick, Canada, then on learning of an additional 750-1,000 U.S. military Bases around the world, all “potential declarations of war,” I am just thankful for the voice of reason we hear, and join with, in such as Ceasefire.Ca. It’s name says it all.

  109. Barry McGroryJune 6, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    I will do anything morally acceptable to favour peace. Ceasefire consistently offers the most astute critique of war efforts and ways to contain them.

  110. Bill PrestwichJune 6, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    The fundamental basis of almost all wars is serving the multinational corporate oligarchy. This could never have been made clearer than when an honest American soldier, Major General Smedley Butler described his years of service as making the world safe for capitalism. President Eisenhower, another soldier who knew what he was talking about, warned his people in particular, but the whole world in doing so, of the corrupting influence of the military-industrial complex. The fact is that war has become a business and is dishonestly portrayed as an act of defense when theso-caled defenders are slaughtering innocent men, women and children thousands of miles away in countries with natural resources desired by the apostles of greed.

    In our county and many like it, depraved war mongers who claim to worship one who said blessed are the peace makers and who is referred to as the prince of peaceare allowed to get awaywith their hypocrisy. Ceasefire is an important organizationtaking a righteous stand against this evil establishment.

  111. WayneFJune 6, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    In the Harper era of government-induced information gridlock, Ceasefire does a remarkable job of putting out true and accurate information.

    And in the process, repeatedly holding Harper-Gov’s feet to the fire…

  112. leslie parrottJune 6, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Ceasefire has always made me feel like they’ve yanked me from the great unwashed and sat me down in a front row seat at their campaign for peace. They mobilize quickly to be heard and spread the word on multiple issues and are also very effective in direct action.

  113. Ildi VargaJune 6, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I get so depressed watching or reading news about all the violent conflicts around the world, the cruelty of humans to each other. It’s time we evolved and used nonviolent means of settling conflicts. I support Ceasefire because of the work they do to try to turn Canada back towards being a peacekeeping country, and because they give me hope that it’s possible.

  114. Harlan KennedyJune 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Ceasefire has been successful in lobbying against the purchase of unnecessary combat fighter jets, and in attempting to refocus Canada’s military spending on peacekeeping. For these reasons, this organization earns my support.

  115. Graeme DuncanJune 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    My view of the world is always to seek peace, I believe Ceasefire seeks the same. We need organisations to hold goverments accountable – I believe Ceasefire does this. Thank you for all your work.

  116. Marie ChidleyJune 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I & my husband Douglas Meggison,support Ceasefire because we all agree that war is the wrong way to solve international problems and that war preparations undertaken by the Harper government are the exact opposite of what Canada should be doing: PEACE preparations!

  117. Brenda HildebrandJune 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    In my opinion wars are for profit and nothing else. Making these young people give their lives so big business can profit is just wrong….isn’t it? Follow the money to see who profits. Why did no one stop the genocide in Rwanda or Somlia. Giving my support to Ceasefire is a very small way for an individual to help stop sending young people to kill other young people and die or be emotionally crippled by the senseless actions they are having to take in other countries. We are all human beings. I don’t get it.

  118. Mary GrohJune 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I believe it is morally wrong to kill fellow human beings, and I want to find ways to solve conflicts that do arise between peoples. Stamping out the production of weapons would be a giant step towards non-violence. Other positive efforts to make the world a better place for all to live in together is where we should be putting our time and energy and money. is an organization which is dedicated to these very goals, and so I support them, and hope many thousands more Canadians will too.

  119. harwood truscottJune 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I support ceasefire in their efforts to stop the new attack jet procurement. It is the single most devastating expenditure the Harper cabal will do to cripple any social responsible program funding. One big step forward for dysfunctional government following extreme right wing ideology from the south.

  120. Dale AndrewsJune 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I support Ceasefire because I want Canada returned to being a peace loving country it once was. I also want it to continue its work in the UN as a peacekeeper. Both of these roles have been eliminated by the current Conservative governments. I want Canada to have an independent foreign policy and not have it dictated by another country.

  121. Latifah BrettJune 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I value my commitment to PEACE and enjoy being a member of Ceasefire because I feel the need as many others do, to help disuade our government in it’s continual persistance to intervene in confilcts that I (we Canaidians) don’t care to be involved in.
    As well I’m working toward the goal of not paying income tax to the feds for military spending.
    I’ve never agreed with the talk & actions of ‘The Masters of War’ and continue to believe that all we earthly beings have the ability to become truly Human. Our present government needs a lot of help with this concept.

  122. Margery DahnJune 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    I support because they are a very active and influential voice for peace. I try to support organizations working for peace whenever I can. War is anathema to me. It solves nothing. Kills innocent people and wastes a lot of money that could be used constructively to build peaceful communities and nations.

  123. Carol PickupJune 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I am a strong supporter of Ceasefire because it is working to bring about peace in our world. Its efforts to convince the Harper government to return Canada to a peacekeeping role need to continue. My father was in France during the First World War and his diary reflects his belief that nothing is accomplished by war and that, ‘War is hell on earth”.!! Ceasefire is doing a great job in moving us to peace. Thanks Ceasefire for all your excellent work!!

  124. Donna StockerJune 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I support because they are actively working to find an alternative to war. War is obsolete and the sooner we realize it the better for everyone.

  125. Onni MilneJune 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I support because I support peace, justice and good governance. As a child of parents who survived war, I know too well the damage and destruction it brings even decades after the conflict has ended. I am tired of the old mantra and dynamic of power over to gain profit for the few. This morning, I viewed information from Ancient Forest Alliance showing how we can and will change the world around us when we co-operate and work together. There are many other examples around us. Power to those who stand up to speak truth to power!

    • Susan QuippJune 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      I support because I am concerned about the increasing militarization throughout the world and Canada’s part in that. I believe much of the conflict and military presence is mainly in support of multinational corporations, their profits and power. No reason is good for war but money is a really stupid reason, in my opinion, particularly when only a very tiny number of people profit and so many people suffer.

  126. Gwyn FrayneJune 5, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    In WWII my father was overseas as an RCAF padre, burying young Canadians. Then he was in Korea, burying more. He died right after all of that horror. Before he died, though, he said how senseless war was–and is. It is not right that old politicians send young, often poor, people over to fight war for the profit, often, of the military industrial complex.
    We need to stop this madness before we, and our planet, are obliterated.
    Gwyn Frayne
    Courtenay, BC

  127. Sharon MontgomeryJune 5, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I support Ceasefire because it was my first of several on-line groups that presented an alternate view to conventional media. Their research and consistent standards and viewpoint informed me about other possibilities. Ceasefire is a watchdog organization that reaches out to other groups, acting in collaboration, rather than trying to do it all itself.

  128. mc freemanJune 5, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I support Ceasefire as a strong voice for peace and to point out the Harper government’s role in supporting war – smearing Canada’s former strong role as Peacekeepers, the UN. The Military agenda of our current government must be stopped starting with the F35’s. Money is needed for search and rescue aircraft instead.

  129. penny sangerJune 5, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I support Ceasefire because it is the most active, effective, people-connected peace organization in Canada. Steve and his staff regularly consult their supporters, asking for their views -and why- on government statements and emerging policies to do with war and violence(eg the Middle East now), military expenditures, the “militarization” of the Arctic, etc.
    Then he and his staff keep Ceasefire in the limelight,at recorded press conferences and public meetings, engaging Parliamentarians and diplomats and the public.

    I guess I’ve always supported him since he spent a night in our house years ago — a 17-year old on his way from West to do his stuff for peace in Ottawa!

  130. Chris RoseJune 5, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I have experienced in full WWII and lived through Hitler’s regime. I never thought that I would experience the same methods being employed again in Canada by the “Harper Regime”.

  131. Elaine HughesJune 5, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I support as one of only few organizations working to de-rail the militarization of Canada!

    Ethically and morally, the current administration is a hopeless global embarrassment – obsessed, as are their like-(narrow)minded gun-tottin’ bully-buddies, with ways of financing their kids’ education by selling guns to overseas children!


  132. Horst KlausJune 5, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    As the leader of the Niagara Secular Humanists I make sure that the word is spread in this area! Why does the West always have to get involved in distant internal – often religious – conflicts? Supporting one side or the other only makes matters much worse!

  133. Bessie WappJune 5, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    War makes a small few very very wealthy, while the rest of us lose our limbs, minds, lives, and communities to the juggernaut of profit & violence. Ceasefire seems a sane response.

  134. Grant WaldmanJune 5, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Because it is time to SHUT DOWN the military industrial complex and all of it’s deceit and lies. Because we need to shift the billions that we spend on weapons to our children’s future through higher quality public education & much more reasonably priced higher education; and we need to improve our health care programs across Canada – health care that is not based on the bottom line needs of the pharma industry.

    • Bob McNarryJune 5, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      I wholeheartedly agree with Grant We need to establish a better mode of governance for the 21st Century before Harper and his “friends?” destroy what we have left of that caring community we knew as Canada.

  135. John DuddyJune 5, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    It gives me an opportunity to forward my opinion to Ottawa. We were not told the truth about the attacks of 9/11, 2001 on NY and Pentagon. We went to war based on lies. The terrorists are still at large. Almost two thousand architects and engineers demand a proper investigation.

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  136. Frances CombsJune 5, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Because I do not believe that war or violence solves any problems, only makes them worse.

  137. Jan Marie MartellJune 5, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Support for Ceasefire is my small way of contributing to the promotion of peace for all sentient beings. War ultimately serves no one except when perceived through the delusion of thinking the pursuit of self interest brings ultimate happiness. Canadians need a forum for peace activism and I thank Ceasefire volunteers.

  138. Debora BurgessJune 5, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Ceasefire is an organization that believes in peace. Because that is also my belief, I support their actions. Ceasefire has always taken all my concerns to the government and done their best to bring facts forward to hold government accountable. The USA would like Canada to get involved in all the conflicts that the US gets involved in (these are about controlling oil and other resources and not about freedom or democracy). We must protect our sovereignty and use our military for peaceful purposes. We have been agressively persuing resource development in foreign countries, using trade agreements that take away Canadian Rights and Freedoms at home and exploit people in foreign countries. Without groups like Ceasefire I think the Canadian government could get away with building a bigger war machine with my tax dollars. Thank you Ceasefire. Keep up the good work!

  139. Joe ParcheloJune 5, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    1. Money spent on weapons is money not spent on health and education, which are my two priorities for public funding. Although the latter are provincial responsibility, federal funding is expected and required.
    2. I have a quaint and I hope not totally outdated image of Canada as a country which supports peace around the world and can find better ways of building its balance of trade than selling weapons to other countries, often for nefarious purposes. Along with this, of course, goes preference for funding research and innovation for useful purposes rather than weapons research.
    3. I am convinced that the F-35 is a boondoggle. I have seen many documentaries on this. It is a piece of junk (very expensive junk) and we don’t need it.
    4.Ceasefire could also get behind the journalists who are being intimidated by the Military Security Service on government orders, often against the investigators’ own best judgement.
    Peter McKay is going to China for talks on military matters, perhaps to learn more about how to keep journalists in line.
    5. I am nervous about moves by the Canadian govt to align itself with China economically and militarily. CCPA had a good article on collaboration on a pipeline in Afghanistan, in which China gets the oil, and Canada gets paid for help with infrastructure. In general, the cosier we get with China, the more we open ourselves up to economic and military espionage and cyberhacking.

  140. Kelly JamiesonJune 5, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I support Ceasefire as it is a powerful organization lead by intelligent people who are not afraid to stand up to the status quo and present the facts so that we can truly see that there are more peaceful options then we are being lead to believe by the government of the day. I beleive that peace and cooperation is the best avenue for change for our world.

    • ThinkMarch 2, 2015 at 7:50 am #

      You’re implying that everyone who is in the military or supports the military has a single digit IQ while peace lovers have the IQ of a genius. How many of you have actual experience in the battlefield? (For the record, I don’t, but I know people who served in the Navy) Because our own Canadian Forces HATES being referred to as peacekeepers, in fact, a retired Major-General named Rick Hiller says that the Canadian Forces job is to kill people and peacekeeping is just part of what they do. You can ask any veteran in the modern battlefield and they’ll say that we need a stronger military, I’m serious!

  141. Alexander QuagliaJune 5, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    We call ourselves an intelligent species. Yet, we spend over 4 trillion dollars in armament when so many diseases keep on killing many of our loved ones and our self. In the quest to become more rational and make a better use of our human and financial resources, Ceasefire could be one of the important institutions. This is the main reason I support them.

  142. Donna Thompson-McFaulJune 5, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I support Ceasefire because I support PEACE. Who could ever have imagined that Canada would be complicit in the murder of innocent civilians by drones. Once we were regarded as a peaceful nation. No longer. Now, we pursue weapons as eagerly as we once pursued peaceful negotiations.

    It doesn’t have to be that way. Support Ceasefire. Support the pursuit of peace for all.

  143. Shiraz AzizJune 5, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    We live in an age, where politicians are self serving, and serve their cronies in special interest groups. We need a group that stands between the politicians and the interest groups. That group is This is the group that keeps up the image of Canada as a peace loving country, and safeguards the future for all Canadians. It voices the opinions of like minded Canadians.

  144. Donalda MacDonaldJune 5, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I support because I want Canada to be known as a peaceful country. I donate financially to their campaigns to help spread the word about this organization who fight back against Stephen Harper’s military agenda. There are so many better ways to spend our money on deteriorating social programs in Canada. Canada no longer has the excellent reputation as a peace loving country that it once had. I want that back!

    • ThinkMarch 2, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      Even if Canada was a peace leader, what will change? Nothing! The world problems won’t change at all! The only thing that’ll be different is that if were invaded (which is a possibility) or nuked, Canada will be nothing but a smoking crater or ruined buildings, and the US won’t do a thing about it because we will aggravate them and our closest allies because we don’t take our defence seriously.

  145. Joyce BruhnJune 5, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I support Ceasefire because I believe in peace, I do not want the government investing in military hardware so we can intervene in other countries’ conflicts (it is disastrous for the other countries and disastrous for us), I do not like the choices this government makes. To me a single mother who is trying to work and raise kids is as much of a hero as a soldier that goes overseas, just as courageous, but paid a lot less.


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