August 6th, 2020
Canada must support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
75 years ago, the horror of nuclear war was unveiled on the world, when the United States dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, and 3 days later, Nagasaki - instantly extinguishing over 80,000 lives and even more over the next months and years.
We’ve been living with the threat of nuclear war ever since.
We don’t often admit to Canada’s role in nuclear proliferation but we must. Canada supplied and refined uranium for use in the Manhattan Project and for many years, supplied countries with uranium mined in our country. Until the 1980s, the US would often store nuclear weapons in Canada. We must know our complicity in nuclear destruction.
Fast forward to today where Leaders continue to use the threat of nuclear war. Our world is struggling to survive - a result of neoliberal agendas including the expansion of the military-industrial complex. Raging racial injustice, a pandemic, and an ever increasing climate emergency points to the need for fundamental change to the political and economic status quo. Our drive must be for life - not death. This includes an end to nuclear weapons.
On this anniversary we call on Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada to show leadership, change course and support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
On this anniversary we carry on the work of so many survivors and Canadians who for decades have been at the forefront of the fight for an end to nuclear weapons.
On this anniversary we recommit to the struggle for fundamental system change. For justice. For peace.