Recipient of the 2022 CNWC Annual Achievement Award: PAUL MEYER

Hon. Douglas Roche (left)
presents award to Paul Meyer

From Paul Meyer’s lecture, Nuclear Threats and Canada’s Disarmament Diplomacy: “Nuclear weapons and the existential threat they pose to humanity have assumed a new and disturbing saliency in the last few months. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, accompanied as it is by persistent nuclear “sabre-rattling” and the blatant use of these weapons as instruments of intimidation and coercion has rudely reminded global society that huge arsenals of these weapons of mass destruction remain. But it could be worse.”

Text of lecture by Paul Meyer at the University of Ottawa on 28 November 2022. Event was co-sponsored by Canadians for a Nucleer Weapons Convention and the Centre for International Policy Studies.


Nov. 28, 2022

Lecture by Paul Meyer at the University of Ottawa,
cosponsored by CNWC and Centre for International Policy Studies:
Meyer: Nuclear Threats and Canada’s Disarmament Diplomacy

Feb. 2021

Ottawa Declaration
Canada and the TPNW Conference-Framework Statement

Opinion piece by Douglas Roche, O.C. published in The Hill Times
“Ottawa Declaration hits sensitive nerve inside federal government”:
With key meetings of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Prohibition Treaty looming, both of which challenge the integrity of Canada’s nuclear weapons policies, the Ottawa Declaration has arrived at precisely the right moment.

Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 2020
Canada’s Responsibilities

Internationally recognized experts and analysts will examine risks and remedies in the global nuclear crisis, explored in the context of two additional emergencies – the climate crisis and the global pandemic.  (Held by Zoom in times of Covid)
Cosponsored by Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC)

The Series:

1. “New Challenges Facing the NPT”
Tariq Rauf, former Head of the Verification and Security Policy Cooperation unit at the IAEA (confirmed)
Speaker to be confirmed
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern)
2. “The Meaning of the U.S. Presidential Election for Nuclear Disarmament”
Joe Cirincione, analyst, author, and advisor to Democratic Administrations in the United States (confirmed)
Jon Wolfsthal, former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs and senior director at the National Security Council for arms control and nonproliferation (confirmed)
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern)
3. “The TPNW and NATO”
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern)
4. “Renewing Canadian Nuclear Disarmament Efforts”
Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares, Canada (confirmed)
Peggy Mason, President, the Rideau Institute (confirmed)
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern)

Feb. 19, 2020
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Ernie Regehr, O.C., High Representative Izumi Nakamitsu,
Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

Hill Times Article:  “UN nuclear disarmament rep ‘counting on Canada’ to help bridge tricky international divides” by Mike Lapointe can be found here:  

Workshop presented by Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC)
Rapporteur’s Report: Jessica West, Project Ploughshares

May 2-3, 2016

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

High Representative Kim Won-Soo spoke to Canadian Parliamentarians  and also offered a lecture at the Centre for International Policy Studies, U. of O. both events occuring on May 3, 2016.

His presentation: 2016 UN HR Kim academic and civil society lecture Ottawa

January 10, 2016


Cosponsored by CNWC and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) with speaker  Dr. Randy Rydell (fourth from right), former Senior Policy Affairs Officer, Office of Disarmament Affairs, U.N.
Dr. Rydell offered a keynote address at the Dec. 1, 2014  Seminar on the NPT 2015 organized by Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Dec. 3 & 4, 2013

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

JUNE 2, 2010 and Dec. 7, 2010

We learn of this history first from the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Update 29, July 2010:

“On June 2, 2010, the Senate of Canada unanimously adopted a motion submitted by Senator Hugh Segal (Conservative Party), which, inter alia, endorsed the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Plan for nuclear disarmament and encouraged the government of Canada to engage in negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. The Senate sent the motion to the House of Commons with the aim to achieve a common resolution following the summer recess. The overwhelming support by the Senate for the Nuclear Weapons Convention follows the release in March of a letter supporting the NWC from over 500 recipients of the Order of Canada -– the country’s highest civilian honour.
PNND Special Representative Roméo Dallaire, speaking in the debate on the draft resolution, indicated a number of areas in which Canada could contribute to nuclear disarmament – including verification for a NWC and the establishment of an Arctic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone as a step towards global nuclear abolition.”

This motion was then considered and passed unanimously on Dec. 7, 2010 by the House of Commons. The motion reads as follows:

Motion Approved Unanimously by Senate of Canada June 2, 2010
Approved Unanimously by House of Commons December 7, 2010

That the House of Commons:

(a) recognize the danger posed by the proliferation of nuclear materials and technology to peace and security;

(b) endorse the statement, signed by 500 members, officers and companions of the Order of Canada, underlining the importance of addressing the challenge of more intense nuclear proliferation and the progress of and opportunity for nuclear disarmament;

(c) endorse the 2008 five point plan for nuclear disarmament of Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and encourage the Government of Canada to engage in negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention as proposed by the United Nations Secretary-General;

(d) support the initiatives for nuclear disarmament of President Obama of the United States of America;

(e) commend the decision of the Government of Canada to participate in the landmark Nuclear Security Summit and encourage the Government of Canada to deploy a major world-wide Canadian diplomatic initiative in support of preventing nuclear proliferation and increasing the rate of nuclear disarmament;

Que la Chambre des communes:

a) reconnaisse le risque que pose la prolifération des matières et de la technologie nucléaires pour la paix et la sécurité;

b) approuve la déclaration, signée par 500 membres, officiers et compagnons de l’Ordre du Canada, soulignant l’importance de s’attaquer au problème de la prolifération nucléaire dont l’intensité s’accroît, de suivre l’évolution du dossier du désarmement nucléaire et de tenir compte des possibilités dans ce domaine;

c) approuve les cinq initiatives sur le désarmement nucléaire proposées en 2008 par M. Ban Ki-Moon, secrétaire général des Nations Unies, et incite le gouvernement du Canada à entamer des négociations sur le désarmement nucléaire en vue de conclure une entente comme le propose le secrétaire général des Nations Unies;

d) appuie les initiatives du président des États- Unis, M. Obama, sur le désarmement nucléaire;

e) salue la décision du gouvernement du Canada de participer au sommet historique sur la sécurité nucléaire et l’incite à mettre en œuvre une importante initiative diplomatique canadienne à l’échelle mondiale en appui à la prévention de la prolifération nucléaire et à l’accroissement du taux de désarmement nucléaire.

The followup letter written by Bill Siksay M.P. to Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon:

DOUGLAS ROCHE NAMED HONORARY CITIZEN OF HIROSHIMA  Calls for Start on Legal Ban of Nuclear Weapons

On July 28, 2010 Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament and Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), and past Chair of Canadian Pugwash, was named a Special Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima.

Read Senator Roche’s presentation to the Hiroshima 2020 Conference
[pdf, external link]

Paul Meyer: Nuclear Threats and Canada’s Disarmament Diplomacy, November 28, 2022

From Paul Meyer’s lecture, Nuclear Threats and Canada’s Disarmament Diplomacy: “Nuclear weapons and the existential threat they pose to humanity have assumed a new and disturbing saliency in the last few months. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, accompanied as it is by persistent nuclear “sabre-rattling” and the blatant use of these weapons as instruments of intimidation and coercion has rudely reminded global society that huge arsenals of these weapons of mass destruction remain. But it could be worse.”

Text of lecture by Paul Meyer at the University of Ottawa on 28 November 2022. Event was co-sponsored by Canadians for a Nucleer Weapons Convention and the Centre for International Policy Studies.

Paul Meyer speaking at University of Ottawa

Ottawa Declaration: January 2022

OTTAWA DECLARATION in  English and French
As published in The Hill Times, February 7, 2022


Canada and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

“Humanity remains one misunderstanding, one misstep, one miscalculation, one pushed button away from annihilation.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issues this stark warning of the immediacy of the nuclear threat and the unacceptable catastrophic humanitarian consequences of firing any of the world’s 13,000 nuclear weapons. All nine states holding these weapons pursue the perpetual “modernization” of their arsenals – notably making a mockery of the disarmament commitments of the nuclear weapon powers party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and threatening to extend the nuclear weapons era indefinitely. More than ever, the world needs to hear a clear moral and legal call for the elimination and perpetual prohibition of these instruments of mass destruction.

Just such a call has come with urgency and authority in the January 2021 entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). In unequivocal language, the TPNW declares that “any use of nuclear weapons would be abhorrent to the principles of humanity and the dictates of public conscience.”

This historic treaty exposes and stigmatizes nuclear weapons and their use as standing outside the norms of international humanitarian law. It challenges nuclear weapon states to finally act on their NPT disarmament commitments. The TPNW reinforces the urgent need for nuclear weapon states to undertake and conclude nuclear disarmament negotiations, with non-nuclear weapon states also at the table.

Therefore, we the undersigned urge Canada to join the Treaty and call on the Government to begin the process by publicly welcoming the Treaty’s moral authority and legal mandate in the pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons. We also urge Canada to join Norway and Germany as observers at the first Meeting of States Parties, and to work at bringing NATO into conformity with the Treaty and the NPT.

We thus call on Canada to challenge the nuclear retentionist policies of NATO, by, as a first step, acting decisively on the still relevant 2018 recommendation of the House of Commons Committee on National Defence – that, “on an urgent basis,” the Government of Canada “take a leadership role within NATO in beginning the work necessary for achieving the NATO goal of creating the conditions for a world free of nuclear weapons.”

The overwhelming majority of Canadians support the abolition of nuclear weapons and look to their government for energetic and sustained leadership in helping to push the world back from the abyss of nuclear annihilation. Nuclear disarmament diplomacy must become a national priority. Emergency action is required.

This “Ottawa Declaration” emerged out of the conference of international experts initiated and convened by The Simons Foundation Canada and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) in Ottawa, November 29-30, 2021, on “Canada and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” The declaration is endorsed by the following individuals (conference participants, indicated by an asterisk, and CNWC supporters, all of whom are recipients of the Order of Canada). Affiliations are included for identification purposes only and do not indicate institutional endorsement.

January 2022


Canada et le Traité sur l’interdiction des armes nucléaires

« L’anéantissement de l’humanité ne tient qu’à un malentendu, un faux pas, une erreur de calcul, un simple bouton pressé. »

C’est en ces termes que le secrétaire général de l’ONU, Antonio Guterres, qualifie sans ambages l’immédiateté de la menace nucléaire et des conséquences inacceptables et catastrophiques sur le plan humanitaire du déclenchement de la moindre des 13 000 armes nucléaires dans le monde. Chacun des neuf Etats qui détiennent ces armes poursuit ses efforts de « modernisation >> perpétuelle de ses arsenaux, bafouant les engagements au désarmement des puissances nucléaires parties au Traité sur la non-prolifération des armes nucléaires (TNP) et menaçant de prolonger indéfiniment l’ère des armes nucléaires. Plus que jamais, le monde entier a besoin d’entendre un appel clair sur les plans moral et juridique en vue de l’élimination et de l’interdiction perpétuelle de ces moyens de destruction massive.

C’est justement un appel de ce genre qui s’est fait entendre avec urgence et autorité à l’occasion de l’entrée en vigueur, en janvier 2021, du Traité sur l’interdiction des armes nucléaires (TIAN). En termes catégoriques, le TIAN déclare que « tout emploi d’armes nucléaires serait inacceptable au regard des principes de l’humanité et des exigences de la conscience publique >>.

Ce traité historique dénonce et stigmatise les armes nucléaires et les recours à celles-ci comme des choses extrinsèques aux normes du droit international humanitaire. Il met à défi les Etats nucléarisés de finir par mettre en pratique leurs engagements de désarmement sous le régime du TNP. Le TIAN renforce l’urgence pour les États nucléarisés d’entreprendre et de conclure des négociations en vue du désarmement nucléaire en présence des Etats non nucléarisés.

En conséquence, nous soussignés pressons le Canada de se joindre au Traité et poussons le Gouvernement à entamer le processus en accueillant publiquement l’autorité morale et la mission juridique du Traité dans la poursuite vers un monde dépourvu d’armes nucléaires. Nous pressons également le Canada à se joindre à la Norvège et à l’Allemagne à titre d’observateurs à la premiere réunion des États parties et de travailler activement pour obtenir que l’OTAN se conforme au Traité et au TNP.

Ainsi donc, nous engageons le Canada à contester les politiques de rétention nucléaire de l’OTAN, en commençant par donner suite résolument à la recommandation de 2018 – toujours pertinente – du Comité de la défense nationale de la Chambre des communes voulant que, « de toute urgence », « le gouvernement du Canada joue un rôle de chef de file au sein de l’OTAN en entreprenant le travail requis pour atteindre l’objectif de l’OTAN qui consiste à créer les conditions nécessaires à l’existence d’un monde sans armes nucléaires. »

La vaste majorité des Canadiennes et des Canadiens appuient l’abolition des armes nucléaires et se tournent vers leur gouvernement pour un leadership énergique et soutenu dans l’effort pour épargner le monde de l’abîme de l’annihilation nucléaire. La diplomatie en désarmement nucléaire doit devenir une priorité nationale. Il y a urgence d’agir.

La présente « Déclaration d’Ottawa » est issue de la conférence internationale d’experts sur le Canada et le Traité sur l’interdiction des armes nucléaires qui fut lancée par la Simons Foundation Canada et le Rassemblement canadien pour une convention sur les armes nucléaires (RCCAN) et qui s’est tenue à Ottawa les 29 et 30 novembre 2021. Elle a reçu l’appui des personnes qui suivent, s’agissant de participants à la conférence (marqués d’un astérisque) et d’adhérents au RCCAN (tous lauréats de l’Ordre du Canada). Les affiliations sont indiquées aux fins d’identité seulement et n’engagent pas les institutions mentionnées.

Janvier 2022

Ray Acheson*
Director, Reaching Critical Will of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Carolyn Acker C.M.
Founder, Pathways to Education Canada

The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, C.C.*
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

Tom Axworthy, O.C.
Secretary General, InterAction Council; Chair, Public Policy, Massey College, University of Toronto

Christopher R. Barnes, C.M.
Professor Emeritus, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Gerry Barr, C.M.
Former CEO of the Directors Guild of Canada; Former President and CEO of Canadian Council for International Cooperation

Adele Buckley*
Pugwash Council; Past Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group

Robin Collins*
Co-Chair, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Paul Copeland, C.M.
Criminal law, immigration law and national security law lawyer; Co-founder and life bencher of the Law Society of Ontario

Cathy Crowe, C.M.
Public Affiliate, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Bonnie Docherty*
International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School

Howard Dyck, C.M.
Artistic Director, Nota Bene Players & Singers; Former CBC Radio host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

John English, O.C.
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo

Ivan Fellegi, O.C.
Chief Statistician of Canada Emeritus

Nigel Fisher O.C.
Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General

Peter Herby*
Consultant on humanitarian-based disarmament, Switzerland; Former head of the Arms Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

Nancy Hermiston, O.C.
Head, UBC Voice and Opera Divisions; UBC University Marshal

Erin Hunt*
Programme Manager, Mines Action Canada

Cesar Jaramillo*
Executive Director, Project Ploughshares; Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group

Bruce Kidd, O.C.
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Daryl G. Kimball*
Executive Director, Arms Control Association

Bonnie Sherr Klein, O.C.
Documentary filmmaker and disability activist

Anita Kunz O.C.
Artist, writer, educator

Stephen Lewis, C.C.
Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

Tamara Lorincz*
Ph.D. Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

Margaret MacMillan, C.C.
Emeritus Professor of International History, University of Oxford

Peggy Mason*
President, Rideau Institute; Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the United Nations

David Matas, C.M.
Lawyer specializing in international human rights, immigration and refugee law

Elizabeth May, O.C.
Member of Parliament, Saanich-Gulf Islands; Parliamentary Leader, Green Party of Canada

Paul Meyer*
School of International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Jock Murray O.C.
Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University

John C. Polanyi, C.C.*
Nobel Laureate (Chemistry, 1986); University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

M.V. Ramana*
Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security; Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia

Tariq Rauf*
Former Head of Verification and Security Policy, International Atomic Energy Agency

Ernie Regehr O.C.*
Co-Founder and former Executive Director, Project Ploughshares; Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation Canada

Catherine Robbin, O.C.
Associate Professor Emerita, York University; President, Art Song Foundation of Canada

The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.*
Former Canadian Senator, Member of Parliament, and Ambassador for Disarmament

Clayton Ruby C.M.
Lawyer and activist specializing in constitutional and criminal law and civil rights

Peter H. Russell, O.C.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto

Randy Rydell*
Former Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

Alicia Sanders-Zakre*
Policy and Research Coordinator, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Tom Sauer*
Professor in International Politics, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Jennifer Allen Simons C.M.*
Founder and President, The Simons Foundation Canada; Founding Partner, Global Zero

Gérard Snow, C.M.
Jurilinguiste, anciennement de l’Université de Moncton

Setsuko Thurlow, C.M.
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017

James Walker, C.M.
University of Waterloo

Jessica West*
Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares

Salim Yusuf
Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, McMaster University; Past President, World Heart Federation

Who are the Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention?


Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) is a project of the Canadian Pugwash Group.

 “call on all member States of the United Nations – including Canada – to endorse, and begin negotiations for, a Nuclear Weapons Convention as proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his five-point plan for nuclear disarmament.”
We seek to inform and educate Canadians on the increasing danger of nuclear proliferation and nuclear war. We support and endorse the UN Secretary-General’s five point plan for nuclear disarmament, including the endorsement of a nuclear weapons convention. We seek to engender political will by educational means, resulting in the adoption of a nuclear weapons convention as a component of Canadian foreign policy. We are non-partisan, open to all members of the Order of Canada, and are focused on this single issue.
The Order of Canada is the country’s highest civilian honour and is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system. It recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The initiative notes that:
“There is a growing consensus expressed by world leaders on the urgent need for ridding the world of nuclear weapons. A Nuclear Weapons Convention is widely recognized as the best negotiating process yet devised to bring about nuclear disarmament. In a recent speech to the UN General Assembly, [former] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that ‘All parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty could consider negotiating a nuclear weapons convention, backed by a strong verification system, as has long been proposed at the United Nations.’ However, the vision of the elimination of all nuclear weapons, put forward by President Obama and many others today, requires the political will of governments for it to be achieved.”
We welcome other recipients of the Order of Canada to join us in seeking a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

To see a list of members of CNWC:

Welcome – Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

As of April 16, 2019, 1034 members of the Order of Canada had joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C., Murray Thomson, O.C. and Ernie Regehr, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention — a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

Continue reading “Welcome – Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention”

Letter to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, November 2, 2021

PDF download: CNWC– Canada and the Stockholm Initiative

November 3, 2021

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, PC, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs
125 Sussex Dr,
Ottawa ON  K1A 0G2

Dear Ms. Joly,

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC, a project of the Canadian Pugwash Group) congratulates you warmly on your appointment as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. We wish you great success as you lead Canada’s contribution to a strengthened multilateral system to deal with the multiple crises facing today’s world.

CNWC’s purpose is to respectfully provide you with considered advice on Canada playing an active role in the pursuit nuclear disarmament. To this end, we attach an Appendix to this letter setting out a broad program of work flowing from Canada’s participation in and support for the Stockholm Initiative (SI), particularly the SI’s document of May 11, 2021, “A Nuclear Risk Reduction Package,” which Canada has endorsed by signing on to it.

In sum, CNWC urges Canada:

  1. To work actively to obtain clear timelines by the nuclear weapons states to implement commitments already made in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons review process;
  2. To work to persuade the United States and Russia to take all their nuclear weapons off alert status;
  3. To work to reduce the likelihood of new technologies leading to new nuclear risks, notably in the digital realm and in next generation missiles; and
  4. To work to have NATO countries recognize the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a step towards the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

Again, we congratulate you on becoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and commend the attached Appendix for your attention.

We look forward to your response.


Ernie Regehr, O.C. (Chair of the CNWC Steering Committee)
The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M.
Dr. Adele Buckley
Beverley Tollefson Delong
Cesar Jaramillo


Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) is a project of Canadian Pugwash Group.

CNWC is governed by a Steering Committee composed of: 
Ernie Regehr O.C. (Chairperson)
Douglas Roche O.C.
Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons O.C.
Dr. Adele Buckley
Cesar Jaramillo
Bev Delong (Project Manager) 

January 23, 2020 – CNWC Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

PDF download En & Fr /  CNWC Letter to Prime Minister Jan 23, 2020 

23 January 2020


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister,

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, supported by more than 1,000 recipients of the Order of Canada, write once again to urge you and your Government to make nuclear arms control and disarmament a national priority. In this letter, we make specific suggestions, notably that Canada work diligently toward achieving an international consensus to save the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at its Review Conference in 2020.

We begin by expressing appreciation that your Government is actively responding to the global climate crisis. But there is another global existential threat that requires urgent attention – namely, the threat of annihilation by the 14,000 nuclear weapons still maintained by nine countries. Continue reading “January 23, 2020 – CNWC Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau”