On January 22, 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will enter into force with the ratification of over 50 States. In a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches once again urges the government of Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty.
The Commission joins a growing number of civil society organizations in Canada and global organizations such as the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other national councils of churches urging their governments to do the same.
The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition has issued a statement calling upon the Government of Canada to have Parliament debate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to allow the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to hold public hearings on the Treaty and on Canada’s role in advancing global nuclear disarmament. Project Ploughshares (the Peace Research Institute of The Canadian Council of Churches) and a number of Council member churches have endorsed the statement.