PM Trudeau – meet with Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow!

Photo credit: wagingpeace.org (Setsuko Thurlow giving 2017 Nobel Peace Prize address)

On 18 June 2018 the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence presented its report to Parliament on Canada and NATO. While most of the recommendations were a continuation of current policy, the one on NATO and nuclear weapons most certainly was not!

Referencing testimony from Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason, the Report recommends the following:

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.

The Committee also asked the government for a formal response to its report.

This is a ray of sunlight in a sky that is otherwise filled with darkening clouds of great power competition in developing ever more lethal and destabilizing forms of nuclear weapons. – Peggy Mason

This courageous and landmark recommendation is the result of a lot of work, not only by Committee members and staff, but by many civil society organizations and the countless Canadians who support them.

But our work has just begun. It will take even more collective efforts if we are to have any chance of the Justin Trudeau government acting on it.

So let’s start with getting our PM more in touch — literally — with this issue and what it means to Canadians and indeed people all around the world. The timing could not be better.

On August 6th and 9th, respectively, the world will be commemorating the terrible atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima bomb survivor and now Canadian citizen Setsuko Thurlow was honoured for her tireless efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons by being made co-recipient, with Beatrice Fihn, of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN — the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons — on 6 October 2017.

Inexplicably, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused requests from Setsuko Thurlow, and from her Member of Parliament, Liberal MP Ali Ehsassi, on her behalf, for a meeting to discuss steps Canada can take to help achieve nuclear abolition.

This shocking indifference must change.

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9 Responses to “PM Trudeau – meet with Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow!”

  1. Ed LehmanAugust 25, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    Yes, P.M. Trudeau should meet with Setsuko Thurlow! Then he should agree to sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and challenge the leaders of the opposition to do the same. Canada should be following a foreign policy of peace and forget about appeasing the elephant next door.

  2. Dorothée M.R-A. McKinlayAugust 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Signed today.

  3. Mary HalderAugust 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    May the Canadian government take appropriate action.

  4. Helena RobbAugust 6, 2018 at 8:09 am #

    Thanks! May the Prime Minister meet and listen intently!

  5. eryl courtAugust 4, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    IT IS CRITICAL THAT CANADA TAKE A LEADING ROLE FOR GLOBAL SURVIVAL & PEACE

  6. erylAugust 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    CANADA SHOULD RE-ASSUME ITS HISTORIC ROLE AS A WORLD LEADER FOR PEACE & NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT.

  7. Caroline ArcherJuly 29, 2018 at 6:28 am #

    Denuclearize this planet and divert resources to feed,clothe and educate all the people of this world. There is enough for all.

  8. Bev LeFrancoisJuly 28, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

    CONSIDERING HEIGHTENED THREATS, YOUR EFFORTS FOR PEACE………….. WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE A BIG IMPACT …….

  9. anne simmondsJuly 28, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    thanks for making it easy to send note to PM