Greens join in multi-party press conference to mark the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons coming into force

by Elizabeth May | January 21, 2021 9:27 am

January 21, 2021

Tomorrow, January 22, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will come into force. Elizabeth May, Parliamentary Leader of the Green Party of Canada, joined former Ambassador for Disarmament and retired Parliamentarian, the Hon Douglas Roche, Senator Marilou McPhedran and as well as Members of Parliament from the Liberal, Bloc and New Democratic Parties to call for Canada to sign and ratify the treaty.

“Canada led the way on the Ottawa Process to ban land mines – even though we do not manufacture or use land mines. In the same way, as a non-nuclear weapons state, we must work to eliminate nuclear weapons,” said Ms. May. “Recent years have seen a major increase in military nuclear spending by nuclear weapons states as the former US administration and current Russian government retreated from the promise of the Gorbachev-Reagan era. Now is the time for Canada to step up and join this landmark treaty.

“Greens note with concern the latest mania for so-called SMR reactors. The fact that these reactors are being pushed by private sector interests, SNC Lavalin and its US partners, is concerning. The two US corporations working in the SMR consortium led by SNC Lavalin, Flour and Jacobs, are part of the nuclear weapons programmes in the US and the UK.

“Canada must commit to ending the threat of nuclear annihilation by signing and ratifying the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”


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