Statement on International Day of Peace

(OTTAWA) — The Green Party of Canada released the following statement on International Day of Peace:

“Under the theme of ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All,’ this year’s International Day of Peace comes just two days after Donald Trump used the platform of the United Nations General Assembly to threaten total destruction of another country,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "This aggressive, reckless, and dangerous language hinges on North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, humanity's most destructive invention that contradicts the aim of lasting world peace.

"Yesterday, I stood in front of Parliament with fellow MPs, senators and citizens for a symbolic signing of the UN Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. As our Canadian delegation participates at the UN this week, Justin Trudeau’s failure to stand in solidarity with 122 nations in calling for an end to nuclear weapons is a stain on our country,” Ms. May said. “How can we claim to be a country of peacekeepers when we refuse to sign this treaty and stand with the international community in calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons?

“The only choice possible in the face of nuclear weapons is disarmament; anything else is insanity,” Ms. May said.

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