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Trudeau Liberals ditch their party’s moral high ground on nuclear disarmament

By Douglas Roche      

Pierre Trudeau and Lloyd Axworthy knew the right side of history, but the current Liberal government is running away from one of the great issues of our time.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured speaking to reporters at the National Press Theatre on May 31, are falling in line with nuclear-weapons states in rejecting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted at the United Nations in 2017 by 122 states. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

There I was, at the microphone reading the official policy of the Liberal majority government of Canada on nuclear disarmament to a rather perplexed seminar audience. Why was Doug Roche, a severe critic of this policy, pronouncing it from the podium? The answer is: not one Liberal Member of Parliament would come forward to speak on their own party’s policies on a paramount issue that affects the safety of every Canadian.

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