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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

As official representatives of the Canadian Unitarian Council, we are writing to voice our collective concern regarding your government’s recent action at the Geneva Conference on Disarmament that had Canada voting against starting negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.

Our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to uphold the inherent worth and dignity of all peoples, and to work for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Specifically, one of our peace resolutions passed in 2004 calls for the reduction of the immediate danger posed by nuclear weapons and urgent action on concrete steps for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has stated, “The consequences of any further use of nuclear weapons, whether intentional or by mistake, would be horrific. When it comes to our common objective of nuclear disarmament, we must not delay — we must act now.” There are 22,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with several thousand on alert, capable of being used in under thirty minutes. The risk of one of these weapons being detonated is too high.

We urge you to take a strong position against the proliferation of nuclear weapons at the U.N. General Assembly in October by supporting the resolution establishing a negotiating process that will lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Sincerely, Canadian Unitarian Council National Voice Team

Keith Wilkinson
President
CUC Board of Trustees

Vyda Ng
Executive Director
Canadian Unitarian Council

Rev.Samaya Oakley
President
Unitarian Ministers

cc. Hon. Thomas Mulcair, New Democratic Party
Hon. Rona Ambrose, Conservative Party
Elizabeth May, Green Party
Rheal Fortin, Bloc Québécois

The Canadian Unitarian Council / Conseil unitarien du Canada (CUC) is the national association of Unitarian Universalist congregations across Canada. We are a diverse religion bound by a common commitment to equity and justice. We covenant to a set of principles, which calls us to seek peace, liberty and compassion, to search for truth and meaning, and to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and the democratic process.

Contact: Vyda Ng
vyda@cuc.ca | 905-351-4798 (c)