Noam Chomsky calls on Justin Trudeau to sign January 22's UN Nuclear Ban Treaty

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      In advance of a webinar on the threat of nuclear weapons he's taking part in this Friday, world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky is calling on the Canadian government to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty, which enters into force that same day (January 22). 

      “The Trudeau government says it wants to see the abolishment of nuclear weapons," says Chomsky in a press release issued today by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, "but it’s refusing to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Their position is incoherent.

      “The entering into force of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty represents an important step in the struggle to abolish these ghastly weapons”, he adds. “Nuclear weapons remain a serious threat to humanity and to lessen that danger Canadians should press their government to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty."

      The January 22 forum featuring Chomsky is part of a series of actions pressuring the Trudeau government to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nucleaer Weapons. This Thursday (January 21) representatives of the NDP, Bloc Québécois, and Green Party plan to hold a press conference demanding Canada sign the treaty.

      “The Trudeau government says it believes in ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a feminist foreign policy, and an international rules-based order," says CFPI director Bianca Mugyeni, who will moderate the forum, "yet it refuses to sign a UN Nuclear Ban Treaty that advances these three stated principles. The hypocrisy is too much.”

      The free webinar takes place via Zoom at 11 am Pacific time, and you can register here.