Press Release -Canadian Voice of Women for Peace opposes Harper’s radical Bill C-38
For Immediate Release
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace opposes Harper’s radical Bill C-38
Peace organization, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, questions military spending, calls for spending on human security
WEDNESDAY JUNE 13,2012/TORONTO/ CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE VOW/ –The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) joins Canadians across the country standing up against Harper’s waves of attacks on women, seniors, workers, refugees, the environment and health care. We ask: why is there money for war and military expenditures, but not for true human security? We call for an immediate review of priorities and for the proper funding of human and environmental needs.
We are seeing Harper’s government ramming through legislation disguised as a Budget Bill, when Bill C-38 contains damaging non-budgetary measures. These measures if passed into law will have enormous impact on women and their families. “This is an anti-democratic bill. This undermines the proper functioning of a democratic parliament, and excludes meaningful participation from civil society” says Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair of VOW. “This process is very dangerous for Canada. We are supposed to live in a democracy. Where is the opportunity for dialog and debate?”
VOW Board Member, Hannah Hadikin, points to a new study release by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “Child poverty seems to win political points but Canadian governments are ignoring the very real and private struggle of women on their own who are living in poverty at shockingly high levels.”
VOW Board Member, Tamara Lorincz says “The federal government has money for war and weapons but not for the environment, Aboriginal communities, Employment Insurance, affordable housing.”
The federal government has cut the budgets to Environment Canada and Fisheries & Oceans, and the CB. It has closed down the National Round Table on the Environment & Economy, and has cut investment to Employment Insurance and more all cuts that affect the future wellbeing of our society.
Yet, at the same time, continues to spend on military procurement.
Last October, federal government announced the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy last October with spending of $25 billion on warships.
Last week, the federal government announced spending of $708 million on Textron’s tactical armoured patrol vehicles as part of the $5 billion package on combat vehicles.
Last February, the federal government is closing down the National Round Table on the Environment & the Economy but is opening a military operations hub in Germany at a cost of at least $500,000 per year as part of international network of Canadian military bases. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/14/pol-mackay-germany.html)
Last year, the federal government spent $99 million on the bombing mission of Libya.
The federal government plans to spend at least $16 billion for 65 Lockheed Martin stealth fighters. “ It is urgent that we as Canadians stop Prime Minister Harper’s omnibus bill. It will have a terrible impact on social safety nets and the environment while at the same time money is being wasted on a runaway program of military spending.” Says VOW Co-Chair Lyn Adamson. “ We know that true human security does not rest with the military. We call for investment in peace-building in our communities and internationally instead.”
Lyn Adamson – Co-chair Canadian Voice of Women t 416-731-6605 Lyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Lorincz – Board Member Canadian Voice of Women t 902-443-2423 email@example.com
VOW Established in 1960, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a national Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with membership from across the country having consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). VOW is also one of the NGO’s cited by UNESCO’s standing committee in the working group report entitled “The Contribution of Women to the Culture of Peace.” www.vowpeace.org; http://twitter.com/VOWPeace