Prime Minister Trudeau, bold steps are needed on global nuclear disarmament

The 73rd anniversaries of the terrible atomic bombings of Hiroshima, on 6 August, and Nagasaki, on 9 August, have just passed.

We commemorated those unspeakable events in our 27 July blog post, which culminated in this Call to Action:

Dear Prime Minister,
Please start to regain a leadership role on nuclear abolition by meeting urgently with world renowned campaigner and Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow.

Since the posting of that previous blog post, Setsuko Thurlow herself has written a powerful commentary entitled:  Two minutes to midnight (Toronto Star, 5 August 2018).  Its focus, in part, is the extraordinarily calamitous health consequences of any nuclear weapons detonation on a Canadian city.

Canadians have the right to know from their government whether their cities are targeted by nuclear weapons or how they would be affected by radiation fallout from nuclear explosions in the United States. What emergency measures do the federal, provincial and city governments have in place if nuclear weapons are used?

She goes on to note that, after public hearings were held last fall, Toronto City Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the Government of Canada to sign the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

“The Justin Trudeau government recently found its backbone in standing up to bully boy Saudi Arabia,” comments RI President Peggy Mason. Maybe a strong push from city councils across Canada, together with the unanimous recommendation of the Standing Committee on National Defence, which we highlighted in our 27 July blog post, will be enough to finally convince our Prime Minister that the time is right for Canada to regain its legacy of global nuclear disarmament diplomacy.

For the full opinion piece by Setsuko Thurlow, click here: Two minutes to midnight (Toronto Star, 5 August 2018).


Photo credit: Nagasaki atomic bomb (Wikimedia images)

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4 Responses to “Prime Minister Trudeau, bold steps are needed on global nuclear disarmament”

  1. Donald KerrAugust 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    One should notice that Trudeau never goes against the interests of the Business Council of Canada, the most powerful lobby group. The BCC wants to continue arms sales to the Saudi government and they follow the NATO line, prepared to accept that Mutually Assured Destruction is a long term solution. We need to expose this alignment with (arms) business. Keep in mind that the BCC is dominated by largely foreign-controlled businesses and the banks.

  2. Gordon YanchyshynAugust 11, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    Yes, it’s hugely frustrating to witness Trudeau’s inaction, contradictions and tone-deaf responses to nuclear disarmament and human rights initiatives. Yet we need to continue putting pressure on him until he ‘gets’ it — giving up is not an option.

  3. Anne StreeterAugust 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    Don’t expect any help from Trudeau. He just doesn’t have what it takes! All very well to chastise Saudi Arabia about human rights while selling then killing machines and also remaining silent about outrageous Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians! Sorry, I’m not impressed.

    • Ann CoffeyAugust 10, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

      I am not impressed either. He defends Canada’s multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia but seems oblivious to how the weapons are used. I watched the video embedded in the article at the link below yesterday evening and cannot clear the images from my mind. Atrocities such as these are what our “ordinary” arms are committing. Now imagine a bus load of OUR children returning from a picnic and ending up like these Yemeni children. Didn’t Canada sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes protecting children from armed conflict? The video should go viral!