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Canada in self-chosen minority camp on nuclear disarmament

By Cesar Jaramillo      

Canada’s absence at nuclear-ban negotiations belies its commitment to multilateralism.

Back row from left, Project Ploughshares' Cesar Jaramillo with NDP MPs Linda Duncan, Hélène Laverdière, and Randall Garrison at a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons with Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow, seated, on June 7. They sought to advance a motion that would see the Liberal government support the Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, but the Liberals and Conservatives voted against it. Photograph courtesy of Anthony Salloum's Twitter page
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On June 6, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland asserted the Liberal government’s strong support for multilateralism as a central feature of Canadian foreign policy. The next day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canada would not participate in the most significant multilateral nuclear disarmament effort in decades. A majority of the world’s states has convened in New York for the second leg of negotiations (June 15-July 7) on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their

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