As part of the “100 Days of Speaking Out!”, a countdown to the treaty negotiations, Control Arms will regularly feature stories and profiles of different people who support a bulletproof ATT.

Representatives of several Canadian organizations made a strong pitch for a bulletproof treaty during a breakfast meeting with members of Canada’s Parliament on Thursday. The gathering included representatives from all of Canada’s official political parties, including a Conservative Senator.

With negotiations only six weeks away, it was a valuable opportunity to update the group on the current status of the ATT process and reinforce the expectations of civil society, represented by Project PloughsharesOxfam–Quebec and Oxfam–Canada. There was also discussion about the inclusion of development criteria in the Treaty, something which Canada has opposed so far.

“Canadian parliamentarians support a strong, comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty, ” said Ken Epps of Project Ploughshares. “It is time that Canadian government leaders reflected this cross-party support by announcing that Canada will accept nothing less than a bullet-proof treaty.”

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