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Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in General News, Our Work

Open Letter to our New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: 12 Top Peace Priorities

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

October, 2015

Congratulations on becoming Canada’s next Prime Minister.

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is the country’s oldest, national peace organization. We are concerned about the rise of militarism in our communities, increased arms sales overseas, and Canadian Forces’ airstrikes in the Middle East. We want Canada to Make Space for Peace and to be a leader in diplomacy, international law, nonviolence and disarmament. This election, please pledge your support for our peace priorities and after the election work with us and other civil society organizations on implementing them.

Our twelve peace priorities:

1. Stop Canada’s bombing of Syria and Iraq and withdraw our troops from the Ukraine

2. Open our borders to more refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq

3. Sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty

4. Cancel the $15 billion General Dynamics Canada contract to send weapons to Saudi Arabia and instead invest in a strategy for green jobs and renewable energy

5. Stop the secretive $26 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program and instead build affordable housing and public transportation across the country

6. Reduce military spending and redirect funds to social and environmental needs

7. Implement the recommendations of the External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces

8. Launch a public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and create a national strategy to end gender-based violence

9. Hold a public inquiry into Canada’s complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees

10. Convene public consultations for a green paper on national defence and security and on the establishment of a Department of Peace

11. Advance the United Nations’ Security Council agenda on Women, Peace & Security

12. Show leadership in nuclear disarmament and host an international meeting on the proposed UN Nuclear Weapons Convention to abolish these weapons of mass destruction

Peace is the foundation for a just and sustainable society. We look forward to your support and working together for peace.

Sincerely,

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For more information about our priorities, please see:

1. Canadian airstrikes in Syria and Iraq: (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pentagon-records-shed-light-on-iraq-airstrike-allegations-against-canadian-pilots/article26206766/) And Canadian forces in the Ukraine: (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canadian-troops-arrive-in-ukraine-to-train-soldiers-fighting-separatists/article26362600/)

2. Refugee crisis in Canada: (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/09/haven-canada-conservative-refugee-policy-150915082517641.html)

3. Canada’s refusal to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): tp://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/canada-rejects-treaty-control-global-arms-trade-1248631401)

4. Canada’s arms deal to the repressive regime of Saudi Arabia: (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saudi-arabia-armoured-vehicle-deal-canada-stephen-harper-1.3244290)

5. More about the secretive, over-budget Canadian Surface Combatant program: (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/dnd-responds-after-docs-suggest-navy-procurement-troubles-1.2576504)

6. Analysis about Canada’s military spending: (http://demilitarize.ca/media/Why%20Canada%20needs%20to%20demilitarize%20DND%20budget_2014.pdf)

7. Read the report and recommendations of the External Review into Sexual Misconduct and Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces by former Supreme Court of Canada justice Marie Deschamps: (http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-support-services/sexual-misconduct.page)

8. There is a growing national call to have a public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls: (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/call-for-inquiry-into-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-sparks-debate/article26580441/)

9. Read the new report about Canada’s complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees released by the Rideau Institute: (http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/2015/09/23/torture-and-afghan-detainees-the-need-for-a-public-inquiry/)

10. The need for a new green paper and white paper on National Defence: (http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/2015/05/13/a-canadian-defence-and-security-policy-for-the-21st-century/)

11. This year is the 15th anniversary of the United Nations’ Security Council 1325 and the year of a high-level review on the UNSC agenda on Women, Peace & Security. Canada must show leadership in putting women at the centre of peace and human security: (http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/women-peace-security/1325-review-and-global-study)

12. Demonstrate leadership in nuclear disarmament and host an international meeting to advance the proposed UN Nuclear Weapons Convention for the elimination of these weapons of mass destruction: (http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canada-must-do-more-on-nuclear-disarmament-front-say-academics-and-former-diplomats)

*Read also the Canadian Peace Alliance’s Election “Vote to End War” 20 peace priorities: http://canadianpeace.org/election2015/#more-738