Panel: Why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?
Join our webinar on the need for Canada to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty. It is hosted by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and the Toronto-based Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, and co-sponsored by PeaceQuest.
Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific Time
- Liberal MP Hedy Fry,
- NDP MP Heather McPherson,
- Green Party MP Elizabeth May,
- Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe, as well as
- Hiroshima-survivor Setsuko Thurlow
Canada has not joined the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty, which has been signed by 84 countries and officially joined by 50 countries. It will enter into force for those countries that have joined in January 2021. The treaty is officially known as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,
Setsuko Thurlow was thirteen years old when she witnessed the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She has been a leading anti-nuclear weapons activist in Canada and globally and jointly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in 2017.
Dr. Hedy Fry, first elected as Liberal MP in Vancouver Centre in 1993, is a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. She is the co-chair of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Canada.
Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe is the Bloc Québécois MP for Lac-Saint-Jean. He is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as of the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Heather McPherson, the NDP MP for Edmonton Strathcona, is the Deputy House Leader of the New Democratic Party, NDP Critic for International Development, and Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs.
Elizabeth May has been the Green Party MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands in B.C. since 2011 and is the Green Party Parliamentary Leader in the House of Commons.
Hosts: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, Toronto Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition
- A new global treaty bans nuclear weapons. But why didn’t Canada sign? by Elizabeth Renzetti (Requires subscription to The Globe and Mail)
- Axworthy: Trudeau’s rejection of UN Nuclear Ban “must be corrected” by Steven Staples