The time to negotiate a global Arms Trade Treaty is rapidly approaching. It is only a matter of weeks to the start of the UN diplomatic conference in July. It is reassuring to long-term promoters like Project Ploughshares that, as negotiations rapidly approach, more Canadian actors are stepping in to press Ottawa to support a strong treaty.
On January 31 the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Ken Georgetti sent a letter to Prime Minister Harper urging him to support a comprehensive and robust treaty and expressing concern at Canada’s call for firearms exemptions in the scope of the treaty.
The CLC has also asked its affiliates to send similar letters to the Prime Minister.
On March 1, the Anglican Journal of the Anglican Church of Canada published a letter from Debbie Grisdale, the Anglican representative on the Board of Project Ploughshares, urging Anglican church members to join the Control Arms “Speak Out” campaign.
On March 5 the United Church of Canada called for action to “Stop the Killing – Control Arms Now!” and for support for the “Speak Out” campaign.
Meanwhile, the longstanding Canadian ATT partners of Project Ploughshares – Amnesty International Canada, Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam Canada – continue collaboration to ensure that Canada makes a positive contribution during treaty negotiations.