Civil society supports NATO nuclear rethink

Nine national organizations in Canada – who focus on many different aspects of international peace and security – have come together to urge the Government of Canada to act decisively on Recommendation 21, unanimously agreed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on National Defence (NDDN) in its recent report on Canada and NATO.

Recommendation 21

That the Government of Canada take a leadership role within NATO in beginning the work necessary for achieving the NATO goal of creating the conditions for a world free of nuclear weapons. That this initiative be undertaken on an urgent basis in view of the increasing threat of nuclear conflict flowing from the renewed risk of nuclear proliferation, the deployment of so-called tactical nuclear weapons, and changes in nuclear doctrines regarding lowering the threshold for first use of nuclear weapons by Russia and the US.

As noted by these groups, the National Defence Committee has identified a constructive and timely approach for Canada to begin a long-overdue conversation within NATO on how to move away from the nightmare of mutually-assured destruction toward the vision of sustainable peace and common security grounded in the UN Charter.

This pragmatic and forward-looking recommendation also reflects a proud, but too-long neglected, tradition of collaborative parliamentary work in support of Canadian leadership in global efforts for nuclear disarmament.

Through this letter to Minister Freeland, the Government of Canada is called upon to respond “positively and promptly” to Recommendation 21, including sharing its vision for realizing this work within NATO.

For the full text of the letter to Minister Chrystia Freeland, click here.

For the full text of the companion letter to Stephen Fuhr, Chair of the National Defence Committee, click here.

You can add your voice by sending an email to the addressees below indicating:

  • Your concern over the growing threat of nuclear conflict
  • Your support for Canada taking a leadership role within NATO as called for in the unanimous recommendation 21 of the Standing Committee on National Defence (NDDN) Report on Canada and NATO.;



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13 Responses to “Civil society supports NATO nuclear rethink”

  1. Robert WalkerOctober 16, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    The best way for Canada to provide security from the nuclear threat is to withdraw form NATO and call for the dismantling of this organization which is extraneous to the UN system.

  2. Radmila SwannOctober 16, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    It is inconceivable that Canada would not act immediately on Recommendation 21 to work towards making our world safer.

  3. Sylvia RuthOctober 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

    Please support Ceasefire!

  4. EricOctober 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Thank you, Peggy, for this eloquent plea to our government, asking it to do what is morally decent. By responding positively to this letter, our government can demonstrate that it has political courage; that it is NOT the Harper government in different clothes.

  5. Susan AlbionOctober 14, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    having nuclear weapons threatens everyone in the world including those with the weapons. take a leading role in this is very important.

  6. catherine RubingerOctober 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    I agree that it is essential to make strong and prompt statements about the control and eventual abolition of nuclear arms.

  7. ShahOctober 13, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    I support Canada’s action that NATO should start the action of Nuclear disarmament right away.. I hope we are not too late though

  8. Jean PaquetteOctober 13, 2018 at 4:19 am #

    Indeed, it is time to recognize that nuclear weapons only for a few countries (who like to present themselves as civilized democracies) is a double standard that can only maintain risks of conflicts. Furthermore, claiming that one uses nuclear weapons only as deterrent while claiming that other countries want to use them as a threat to other countries is pure nonsense: countries that have nuclear weapons want them because they want to be able to bully other countries to follow the way of those with power. The only way for a fair and civilized solution is that none should have these weapons. And Canada should keep up to its reputation as a countries that promote peace by doing just that: promote peace.

  9. F. BurkeOctober 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    I am 100% in favour of Canada taking a role in NATO for the denuclearization of all countries in the world. It is a pity that mankind uses its creations and discoveries for the destructive purposes. What for? Fame? Power? What is of most interest to me when there are discussions about global warming is the fact that bombs and explosions are not factored in as causes of greenhouse gases and oh earthquakes. I am ashamed to be a member of a human race that has no yet learned to respond to conflict respectfully, honestly, and as much as possible as a win/win for everyone. It’s true that we’re hard-wired to go into fight-flight and freeze – we need to evolve so as to use the rational brain rAther than the hind brain and to recognize the difference. Yes. Canada. Stand up and take a leading role for denuclearization! Find out the multinationals that stand to make billions of dollars at the expense of human life, the planet and all it’s other better inhabitants and tell them to stop! Make it LAW that no company can use war as an excuse for profit!

  10. RossOctober 12, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Way past due. Very, very important. These weapons can never be used.

  11. John PhillipsOctober 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    Europe and Canada and the free world have an opportunity to fill the leadership gap left by the USA in setting out a path to a nuclear free world. Non-Proliferation would be a great first step. Also renewing arms limitation treaties instead of gearing up for war in space.

  12. JonathanOctober 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    Please do your best to create a world that has less of a chance of being destroyed with neuclear weapons.


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