The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been endorsed by 122 nations, and became international law for more than 51 ratifying States on January 22, 2021. Regrettably, Canada boycotted negotiations in 2017 and has refused to sign or ratify this landmark Treaty.
Nuclear weapons, along with climate change and pandemics, are the greatest threats facing human civilization. An exchange of even 1% of the global arsenal of 13,400 nuclear weapons would kill tens of millions of people. It would plunge the planet into a nuclear winter and result in widespread famine, killing billions more.
The world was not adequately prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Committee of the Red Cross asserts that it is impossible to prepare for nuclear holocaust. Humanity’s only hope is prevention through the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Canadians have a right to know, and to hear from our national leaders, how nuclear weapons could impact human health, health care systems, the environment, the economy, the global biosphere and the future of life on earth.
The undersigned, therefore, respectfully call upon the Government of Canada to have Parliament debate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to allow the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to hold public hearings on the Treaty and on Canada’s role in advancing global nuclear disarmament.
New Nanos Poll Finds
Strong Nuclear Weapons Concerns
April 6, 2021 (Toronto): The threat posed by nuclear weapons is of major concern to Canadians according to a new poll released today by Nanos Research. The poll results show that Canadians are very positive about key solutions the disarmament movement has been advocating and that Canadians are action oriented in responding to the nuclear threat.
80% of Canadians polled stated that the world should work to eliminate nuclear weapons while just 9% thought it acceptable for countries to have nuclear weapons for protection.
74% of Canadians support (55%) or somewhat support (19%) Canada signing and ratifying the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that became international law in January of 2021. The same percentage agreed (51%) or somewhat agreed (23%) that Canada should join the UN Treaty even if, as a member of NATO, it came under pressure from the United States not to do so.
76% of Canadians agreed (46%) or somewhat agreed (30%) that the House of Commons should have committee hearings and debate Canada’s position on nuclear disarmament.
85% of respondents stated that Canada was not prepared (60%) or somewhat not prepared (25%) to deal with the emergency if nuclear weapons were detonated somewhere in the world. 86% of Canadians agreed (58%) or somewhat agreed (28%) that no government, health system or aid organization could respond to the devastation caused by nuclear weapons and that they therefore should be eliminated.
71% of respondents agreed (49%) or somewhat agreed (22%) that they would withdraw money from any investment or financial institution if they learned it was investing funds in anything related to the development, manufacturing or deployment of nuclear weapons.
50% of Canadians indicated that they would be more likely (21%) or somewhat more likely (29%) to support a political party that advocated Canada signing and ratifying the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 10% of respondents stated they would be less likely (7%) or somewhat less likely (3%) to support such a political party and 30% said this would not impact their vote.
The Nanos Research poll was commissioned by the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition in Toronto, The Simons Foundation Canada in Vancouver, and the Collectif Échec à la guerre in Montreal. Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid random telephone and online survey of 1,007 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between March 27th to 30th, 2021 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,007 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“This is profoundly gratifying to me that Canadian public awareness has been raised so significantly,” stated Setsuko Thurlow, a member of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition.
The full Nanos national survey report can be accessed in PDF format here (21 pages, illustrated).
For highlights of the August 2020 Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Commemoration, see https://vimeo.com/482457518.
Setsuko Thurlow's Appeal to Justin Trudeau
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