Letter to the PM on defence and foreign policy, October 17, 2020

Dyane Brown, WILPF Nanaimo, has sent the following letter to Trudeau, the  Defence minister, the Foreign Affairs minister, and MP Paul Manly.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We are very concerned that in the midst of this pandemic  that you are considering spending $19 billion on the purchase of  88 combat planes. These fighter jets are incredibly expensive to maintain costing  $15,000 an hour to run and leaving a  huge carbon footprint. They will not protect Canada but will be used to further destabilize the world.

We urge you to change the direction of this government to focus, not on war, but on peace. We urge you to take the following steps:

Cancel the call for new fighter jets

Sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Find ways to work towards peace within NATO or leave NATO. We do not need to belong to a military alliance that has shown itself to be aggressive and provocative, bombing  Serbia, Libya, Syria and Iran, and now engaging in provocative actions  near Russia’s  borders.

Direct funds from the military budget to ensure  that primary needs of Canadians are being met, needs like  good health, clean water and shelter. Canada’s military budget is the 14th highest in the world and  4th highest within NATO.

Appoint an Ambassador of Disarmament to the United Nations.   

Set up a Department of Peace. Ensure that any defence  procurement has a gender-based analysis.

Yours truly,

Dyane Brown

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo Branch