Concerned about the US
missile defence proposals?
So is the Canadian Peace Alliance!
Canadian Peace Alliance statement on Missile Defence
Missile Defence (MD) is a unilateral initiative of the United States that no other major country supports. The Canadian Peace Alliance urges the Government of Canada to declare its objection to the US National Missile Defence program (regardless of whether or not it is asked to participate) and to oppose the weaponisation of space in any form.
MD is part of a United States plan to dominate space by "integrating Space Forces into warfighting capabilities" (as outlined in United States Space Command document "Vision for 2020"). It is a step towards the deployment of weapons in space, which will create uncertainty and distrust, destabilize international relations and lead to a new nuclear arms race.
NMD violates the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, signed by the United States, and runs counter to Canadas commitment as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to promote complete nuclear disarmament. These treaties are cornerstones of the international non-proliferation; arms control and disarmament regimes long supported by Canada.
The Canadian Peace Alliance further calls on the Government of Canada to play a leadership role in banning nuclear weapons and missile flight tests.
February 23, 2001
Want to do something about it?
Here are some suggestions ...
1. Learn more about the missile defence proposals.
These are resources that the Canadian Peace Alliance has found useful.
2. Tell Canada's political leaders what you think.
Here are some sample letters plus the addresses of key government contacts.
3. Tell others why missile defence is a dangerous idea.
Use this flyer with answers to common questions about missile defence.
4. Circulate the petition opposing missile defence.
More than five thousand Canadians have already signed the petition and at least seven Members of Parliament have introduced it into Parliament. Download your own copy of the petition and urge people in your neighbourhood, workplace, place of worship, social club or elsewhere to sign.
5. Write a letter to the editor.
Here are some tips on how to write effective letters to the editor and the information on this web site to respond to newspaper stories or editorials advocating missile defence.
Missile defence will not protect North America from missile attack and it may provoke a new nuclear arms race.
Together, we can propose peaceful and constructive solutions to nuclear threats.