Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on June 9, 2013


In April of this year, Canada and India announced a deal to open nuclear trade after years of negotiation.

The Times of India reported it this way on April 13:

“Around 40 years after India used plutonium from a Canadian heavy water reactor to carry out its first nuclear test in defiance of world opinion, Ottawa is set to resume nuclear commerce with New Delhi.”

The deal was touted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the jobs and wealth it would create. Premier Brad Wall joined in praising the deal because the uranium to be sent to India would come from here in Saskatchewan.

India could need up to 7 million pounds of uranium by 2020 to help fuel a planned dozen new nuclear reactors.  The value of this uranium could run from $340-640 million dollars. Embassy Magazine November 14, 2012

But what is the real cost to peace?


India, which has over 100 nuclear weapons according to the Arms Control Association, has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), or other treaties aimed at limiting and reducing nuclear weapons, such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

According to Douglas Roche, former MP and disarmament expert, the transfer of nuclear materials for whatever purpose to a country that is not part of the NPT is a violation of the treaty. “I don’t care how they cut and slice it. Canada is doing an end-run around the non-proliferation treaty.” Embassy Magazine November 14, 2012.

The Canadian Government says safeguards will be in place, but Paul Meyer, former Canadian ambassador for disarmament says, “while nuclear material originating in Canada could not be used in India’s military program, that material could supplement the limited Indian supplies of uranium and free up more of it for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.” Toronto Star, November 12, 2012.

Meanwhile, India continues to expand its nuclear arsenal.  The Arms Control Association reported in April 2013 that “India continues to receive low grades [for disarmament] for increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal and producing weapons-usable fissile material.”

India and Pakistan each have approximately 100 nuclear warheads.  Expanded nuclear activity in India, including continued weapons proliferation, will likely add to the already tense nuclear-arms race between these two countries, while undermining global efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.

According to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, any use of nuclear weapons would constitute ‘a crime against humanity.’

Are jobs and uranium company profits worth endangering millions of lives in Asia and around the world?


1974: India uses Canadian nuclear technology to set off a “peaceful nuclear explosion.”

1998: India detonates nuclear weapons; Pakistan follows suit five weeks later.  International condemnation and UN sanctions follow.

2008: The United States moves to re-open nuclear trade with India; Canada soon follows the US lead.

2013: Canada signs nuclear cooperation deal.

2015-2020: India’s nuclear arsenal could expand to include nuclear-armed submarines and longer-range ballistic missiles.

“The message I bring is simple, and so is the question I ask. The message is that we cannot live indefinitely with nuclear weapons. The question is, do you agree?” Nobel Laureate John Polanyi, May 18, 2013


E-mail your MP or Premier Wall to say you want Canada to stop weakening global nuclear disarmament:

Brad Wall:

Ralph Goodale:

Andrew Scheer:

Ray Boughen:

Tom Lukiwski:


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