Western democracies should be leading the way on global solidarity, cooperation on global problems and security thinking that is dedicated to peace, human well-being and environmental sustainability.
The federal budget tabled this week continues the pre-pandemic pattern of defence spending increases, which will do nothing to address the existential threats of climate catastrophe, the destruction of nature and nuclear armageddon.
Prepare to be inspired by some new thinking from ten leading peace researchers critiquing NATO’s vapid “reflections” on the next ten years; read details of new Federal gun control legislation and consider a trenchant critique of how President Biden is handling his China review.
To help prepare the way for an urgently-needed fundamental reimagining of Canada’s role in building a genuinely global security architecture, our government needs to begin all-party and civil society ‘virtual’ consultations on the establishment of a Canadian International Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government.
It is time to align our scientific, economic, diplomatic and political resources to address the health, climate and nuclear dangers that threaten us all.