Not a merry month
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