FROM COAST TO COAST THE VOICE OF WOMEN SAY MOVE THE MONEY FROM MILITARISM TO SUSTAINABILITY
Add your voice to our open letter as we call on the Government of Canada to reduce the military budget and re-allocate the funds to urgent environment and social needs.
To mark the 6th annual Global Campaign Against Military Spending from April 6-18, members of the Voice of Women for Peace held actions in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax to raise awareness about the troubling rise of military expenditures. According to the Stockholm International Research Institute, global military spending increased to $1.7 trillion. Canada is the 6th highest military spender among NATO countries. The Government of Canada spends $23 billion on the Department of National Defence, but only $1.5 billion on Environment Canada, according to the national public account. Our greatest security challenges are climate change and poverty.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Sajjan and Minister McKenna,
To mark the 6th annual Global Day of Action Against Military Spending and Earth Day on April 22nd, we are sending you this open letter to express our concern that the Government of Canada spends too much on the military and too little on peace and sustainable development. According to the Public Accounts of Canada, the federal government spent $23 billion on the Department of National Defence by only $1.5 billion on Environment Canada [ADD the line graph jpg].
We are calling on you:
(i) To reduce the military budget and re-allocate the funds to urgent environmental and social needs, such as for our First Nations communities in crisis, for mental health care, for affordable housing to end homelessness etc…
(ii) To sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty and cancel the $15 billion deal to export light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia
(iii) To withdraw the proposal to send 300 Canadian Armed Forces and Special Forces to Iraq
(iv) To develop and implement policies to end violence in all its forms and to promote peaceful conflict resolution as required the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Goal #16)
(v) To invest in and build a green, peaceful economy that achieves net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and sustains resilient communities as recommended in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment report
Canada has made a commitment to help achieve the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The goals cannot be met without adequate funding for social and environmental programs and with continued waste of resources on weapons and war. It is time to move our tax dollars from militarism to sustainability.