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Trudeau government’s commitment to nuclear disarmament questioned after UN vote

By Marco Vigliotti      

The defence and security philosophies of the U.S. and Great Britain may have influenced decision-makers in Global Affairs Canada, says analyst Tariq Rauf.

Rosemary McCarney is Canada's ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. The Liberal government is taking heat for instructing Ms. McCarney's team to oppose a UN motion for a ban on nuclear weapons. Giuseppe Carotenuto photograph courtesy of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
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Critics are accusing the Trudeau government of failing an important test of global leadership by siding with the U.S. and other nuclear powers and voting against beginning negotiations on a potential UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, though the Liberals say these talks would likely prove fruitless. A UN working group on nuclear disarmament voted on Friday in Geneva to adopt a report calling on the General Assembly to begin negotiations on prohibiting nuclear weapons in 2017. Specifically, it says widespread support

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