NDP in New York to Discuss Nuclear Disarmament

NDP MP Linda Duncan is currently in New York City at the United Nations to discuss Nuclear Disarmament.

NEW YORK – The NDP’s Linda Duncan (MP for Edmonton Strathcona) in her capacity as Canadian co-chair for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), is in New York this week participating in multilateral negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their elimination.

“After two days of testimony and conversations with delegates from different governments and civil societies, it is evident that there is profoundly held determination that nations without nuclear weapons have an equal right and obligation to pursue expedited action after decades of little progress in ending this global humanitarian threat,” expressed Duncan. “It’s extremely disappointing that the Canadian government is boycotting the negotiations, and fellow participants have been echoing this sentiment throughout the negotiations.”

The conference is organized Pursuant to United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/258, calling for the negotiation of a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

“We’re hopeful that pressure will be brought to bear on the Liberals so that they change their course and side on the right side of history,” added Duncan.

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