There is much that Canada can do to help conflict resolution processes in Libya, Ukraine, Yemen and elsewhere. Here at home, FM Garneau should work to bring Canada into full compliance with our Cluster Munitions Treaty obligations.
We call on Canada to put its actions where its rhetoric is by nullifying all provisions in its free trade agreement with Israel that do not accord with international law, and to defend the independence of the ICC from renewed US attacks.
Resumption of the Liberal minority Parliament on 27 January offers a golden opportunity for the Prime Minister and his government to build a progressive coalition in favour of tougher gun regulations, resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran and an export control policy that strengthens human rights and international law.
Read about the challenges facing our new Foreign Minister, from a disastrous Saudi arms export review signed off by Freeland just before her departure, to a glimmer of light in Canada’s policy on Palestine and international law, progress on Ukraine and much more!
In Venezuela, Ukraine and Yemen, the government of Canada must decisively move to embrace new opportunities for diplomatic peacemaking.
We welcome Canada’s long overdue accession to the global Arms Trade Treaty. But it will only be meaningful if it is accompanied by concrete action to end our complicity in the suffering of innocent Yemeni civilians by suspending the export of Canadian-made LAVs to Saudi Arabia.