January 25, 2019
Trudeau Urged to Take Action
To Save Nuclear Arms Treaties
Sixty-one prominent Canadians, each a recipient of the Order of Canada, have urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take public action to press the United States and Russia to save two vital nuclear disarmament treaties now in jeopardy.
Their January 24 letter (attached in both official languages) calls on the government of Canada to work for the preservation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to terminate. The letter also asks Canada to express strong support for the continuation of the New START Treaty, curbing long-range missiles, which is set to expire in 2021.
“Without these treaties,” say the letter signatories, “the world would, for the first time since 1972, be without any formal constraints on nuclear arsenals, and would thus face a perilous future of renewed arms races and the heightened danger that political and military confrontations could escalate to nuclear use and widespread planetary annihilation.”
The letter refers to Canada’s “special responsibility” to work for a world without nuclear weapons, and says “silence is an abrogation of responsibility – we urge you, Prime Minister, to provide bold, public and insistent leadership.”
The signatories to the letter are among the more than 1,000 Canadians honoured by the Order of Canada and seized with the urgency of nuclear disarmament and who have issued a call for negotiations to begin on a Nuclear Weapons Convention, which would eliminate all nuclear weapons.
For more information, contact:
Douglas Roche 780-984-8292
Ernie Regehr 519-591-4421