Not a merry month

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Editor, The United Na­tions post­poned the High Level Con­fer­ence on Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment, sched­uled for May 14 to 18 ac­cord­ing to the UN web­site. That gives us more time to per­suade Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau to at­tend.

At Ot­tawa, Mon­treal MP Hélène Laverdière gets most “fiery” over the Lib­er­als not back­ing ef­forts to ban nu­clear weapons, says her ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Jen­nifer Ped­er­sen in last De­cem­ber’s Ma­clean’s mag­a­zine. Many Lib­eral MPs must have voted Laverdière the most knowl­edge­able of all the 334 seated MPs be­cause 198 MPs com­pleted the 2017 sur­vey when asked to nom­i­nate mem­bers from within and out­side their party.

On May 8 Viet­nam and on May 17 Aus­tria rat­i­fied the UN In­ter­na­tional Treaty to Pro­hibit Nu­clear Weapons. When will Canada join the 122 na­tions who is­sued the treat on July 7, 2017?

All UN dis­ar­ma­ment ef­forts have be­come more ur­gent since North Korea, on May 10, can­celled a meet­ing with South Korea and hard­ened their po­si­tion on a pos­si­ble sum­mit with [U.S. Pres­i­dent Donald] Trump. Also Trump’s with­draw­ing the U.S.A. from the Ira­nian nu­clear ac­cords on May 9 has greatly in­creased the dan­gers of even more war in the Middle East. This month of May is not very merry on the world scene.

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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