Letter to CNWC Signatories July 17, 2018

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July 17, 2018

Dear CNWC Signatories,

This message comes to you as one who has endorsed the Call for negotiations towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention and thus has supported this initiative under Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC). Four key points are briefly addressed:

1. changes in the disarmament environment since this initiative was begun in 2009;

2. the structure and workings of the CNWC initiative and its Steering Committee;

3. our most recent communication with the Prime Minister; and

4. plans for an Ottawa seminar as part of our ongoing program to bring the urgent need for disarmament, including the need to codify nuclear disarmament provisions through a Nuclear Weapons Convention, to the attention of the Canadian Government and Parliamentarians.

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Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 15 Nov 2017: Canada must take extreme care not to aid the nuclear states

Dear Prime Minister,

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) writes respectfully to urge you to reconsider your present opposition to the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on July 7, 2017. We have taken note of various statements by Governmental representatives and particularly the arguments advanced in the October 5 letter to CNWC from the Foreign Minister, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland.

We recognize this Treaty as a milestone on the long quest for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and thus take strong exception to your characterization of the Treaty as “useless.” We deeply regret your Government’s failure to recognize the validity and importance of the Treaty, agreed to by a majority of the world’s states, which creates a legally binding instrument to prohibit the possession and use of nuclear weapons – paralleling the treaties prohibiting chemical and biological weapons. The elimination of all nuclear weapons, and an end to the military doctrine of nuclear deterrence, is an objective that Canada has long shared with the international community, knowing that the use of even one of the 15,000 nuclear weapons still in existence would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. The tenacity with which nuclear weapon states seek to retain and even “modernize” weapons whose use would be in direct violation of international humanitarian law, makes a mockery of the solemn commitments they made and legal obligations they assumed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Canada must take extreme care not to aid them in their abdication of responsibility.

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