The upcoming NATO Summit is expected to establish an expert group to study the future of the Alliance, providing a golden opportunity for Canada to ensure nuclear arms control and reduced reliance on nuclear weapons are part of the group’s remit.
Despite increasing nuclear tensions and instability, the Government of Canada continues to ignore calls for renewed engagement and leadership on nuclear disarmament.
We call on the Canadian government to re-invigorate dialogue with Iran, prioritize support for the INF Treaty and ensure prompt accession to the global Arms Trade Treaty.
We call on Canada to join with Germany and other European allies to do everything possible to get Russia and the U.S. back to the arms control negotiating table.
Canada must work with other like-minded European partners to resist Summit Declaration language that endorses new types of, and new roles for, nuclear weapons.
With North Korea, China, and Russia among the uninvited, it remains to be seen whether the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ meeting will do more harm than good.