Petition to abolish nuclear weapons
The United Church of Canada has a long history of advocacy for nuclear disarmament. Since 1982 our national church has been calling for an immediate end to the arms race, and to the production and deployment of nuclear weapons.
At this time the United Church is encouraging members to sign a petitionasking the Government of Canada to sign and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Background:On July 7,2017 one hundred and twenty-two countries at the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), an important first step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The TPNW now must be ratified by 50 nations to become international law.
In May 2018, the United Nations will hold a High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmamentin New York in order to enhance progress toward the achievement of a nuclear weapons convention—a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, Canada, under the direction of the United States is resisting signing or ratifying this treaty. The position of Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland is that this is a non-issue for Canadians and a parliamentary e-petition has been created to show that Canadians do care. The United Church is encouraging members to sign this petition urging the federal government to sign the UN Treaty. The link to the petition is posted on the UC website
Click to go to the Link and the petition is open until May 8.