Funds to Address Climate Change Not Militarism
Sajjan hints at New Money for Military after Washington Visit
by Joan Russow
As The Doom’s Day clock moves to 2 ½ Minutes to Midnight because of threats of climate change and nuclear arms, the discrepancy, in Canada, between funds proposed for militarism to satisfy NATO’s demands and those spent to address obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , widens. Rather than doubling the military budget to 2% of GDP, Canada should withdraw from NATO, a nuclear arms alliance that espouses nuclear policies that violate the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), should increase funds to address climate change and discharge obligations under the UNFCCC. and should support, at the UN, the drafting of a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Arms.
Over forty years ago, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Canada affirmed the following in relation to the military budget: “The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity ” (II, 12 Habitat 1 1976).