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UN vote will be moment of truth for Canada

By Douglas Roche      

Expected later this month, it would spark the start of talks next year toward eliminating nuclear weapons.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister Pam Goldsmith-Jones, pictured earlier this year, has dismissed a UN-mandated working-group process as having 'failed to bring the states possessing nuclear weapons to the table.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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EDMONTON—“The General Assembly...decides to convene a United Nations conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.” These 26 words form the key operative paragraph in the most important nuclear disarmament resolution presented to the UN in two decades. It is a moment of truth for Canada. Looking at the key words, one wonders why Canada would not support such a common-sense resolution, brought forward by many of our friends,

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