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An anti-war platform for the 2021 federal election from the Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network

It’s time to make Canadian militarism an election issue. Click on each of the four sections below to learn more about our demands.

  • Cancel Canada’s planned purchase of 88 new fighter jets. #NoNewFighterJets
  • Scrap plans to purchase Canada’s first unmanned armed drones
  • Reverse the 73% increase in military spending promised in Canada’s 2017 defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged and redirect funds towards true security needs including housing, education, healthcare, clean water and climate resilience.
  • Stop arming Saudi Arabia and the UAE and thereby fueling the war in Yemen. #CanadaStopArmingSaudi
  • Suspend all arms sales to Israel until illegal occupations and violence against Palestinians ends
  •  Suspend all military exports and police training initiatives with Colombia
  • Join 97 countries around the world in signing the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty
  • Update Canadian arms exports regulations, bring Canada into compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Cancel the drone contract with Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems
  • Immediately cease all programs providing military-grade equipment and training to police
  • Expedite the clean up of all former Canadian military bases, concretize plans to return land to Indigenous communities
  • End all domestic military surveillance
  • Put a moratorium on all military propaganda initiatives until an independent and impartial investigation is carried out into their legality
  • Fully implement the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Calls to Justice in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry report, and ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Commit to reparations for Canada’s role in the war in Afghanistan, with immediate support for civilians in Afghanistan and immediate and continuing welcome for Afghan refugees.
  • Full and permanent immigration status for all migrants and refugees in Canada. #StatusForAll
  • End aggressive “New Cold War” posturing with China and Russia
  • Release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, detained under an illegal extradition request from President Trump
  • Withdraw troops immediately from Ukraine, Latvia, and Iraq
  • End generalized economic sanctions including in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and North Korea
  • Begin a formal inquiry into the possibility of withdrawing from NATO and NORAD

An anti-war platform for the 2021 federal election from the Canada-Wide Peace and Justice NetworkThis platform is also available as a printable pdf and as a series of 5 graphics: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Election platforms, toolkits and resources from our members

Members of the Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network have put out the following election resources.

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

A detailed guide on Canadian federal parties’ positions on the Middle East

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VOW Peace

Vote for Disarmament #ElectPeace fact sheet

Elections Kit 2021

Canadian Friends Service Committee Election Kit

Informed questions for candidates

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Justice for All Canada

Party Report Cards: Top Global Minority Human Rights Concerns

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Canadian Foreign Policy Institute (CFPI)

A proposal for reimagining Canadian foreign policy

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Vote Palestine

A non-partisan campaign galvanizing Canadian voters to raise Palestinian human rights in the federal election.

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Vote Kashmir

Campaign calling for a human rights based approach on Canada’s policies on self-determination for Kashmir

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#IVotePalestine

Federal Leaders asked where they stand in support of human rights and international law for Palestinians.

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Email your MP – No more weapons to Saudi Arabia

Canada has blood on its hands.

Now in its sixth year, the Saudi-led, Canada-armed war on Yemen has killed almost a quarter of a million people. Over 4 million people have been displaced because of the war, and 80% of the population, including 12.2 million children, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

It’s despicable for Canada to be profiting from selling arms to Saudi Arabia and thus arming the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in Yemen.

On September 28, 2020, the UN Human Rights Council named Canada as one of the parties fueling the ongoing war in Yemen by continuing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Canada exported nearly $2.9-billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia in 2019.

After months of escalating organizing across the country — from arms blockades and banner drops, to car caravans and dozens of protests, to media exposés and damning reports — we know the Trudeau government is feeling the pressure.

Send a letter now calling on the Canadian government to stop sending weapons to Saudi Arabia and stop arming the horrific war in Yemen. Canada must immediately end all arms exports to Saudi Arabia, expand humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen, and work with trade unions to develop a plan for the conversion of facilities from military production to peaceful, green production with good, stable jobs.

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Join the Global Day of Action to End the War on Yemen

March 25/26 2021

March 25/26 marks 6 years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Canada-armed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. Alongside an indiscriminate and ongoing bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, backed by the United States, have imposed an air, land and sea blockade on Yemen. The blockade has caused critical fuel and food shortages, resulting in 400,000 children at risk of dying right now in Yemen, as reported by CNN. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations had declared  Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Now Yemen is facing famine along with the Covid-19 pandemic, with an overwhelmed medical system devastated by war and blockade.

Alongside the U.S. and U.K., Canada also has blood on its hands as it also continues to profit from selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the military coalition. On September 28, 2020, the UN Human Rights Council named Canada as one of the parties fueling the ongoing war in Yemen by continuing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Canada exported nearly $2.9-billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia in 2019.

The war on Yemen must stop! Antiwar and peace activists and organizations are marking 6 years of the war on Yemen with days of action on March 25 and 26. As fellow activists across Canada, we encourage you to hold actions in your towns and cities on these days. Actions can include street actions, car caravans, webinars, letter writing, and social media campaigns, considering your local situation.

 Action Ideas & Resources

  • Deliver a letter: 68 organizations across Canada have signed a letter to demand that Canada Stop Arming Saudi and to highlight 28 companies in Canada complicit in this arms deal. The letter has been delivered in person to Justin Trudeau’s office, as well as a number of other MPs and companies listed in it. We encourage others to also deliver the letter to government officials and named companies in your area. If you take this action remember to take a photo of the delivery and post on social media using the hashtags #CanadaStopArmingSaudi and #YemenCantWait. Photos of letter deliveries are being collected and posted here.
  • Residents of Canada are invited to sign these two parliamentary petitions:

Whatever action you decide to take, remember to reflect your action on social media with the hashtag #CanadaStopArmingSaudi and #YemenCantWait so activists and organizations across Canada can amplify each others actions!

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Taking action to get Canada to #StopArmingSaudi

On March 1st, the Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network publicly launched a letter signed by 68 organizations, representing one million people, calling on the Canadian government and Canadian companies to stop sending weapons to Saudi Arabia and stop arming the horrific war in Yemen. For the first time, it publicly named 28 companies in Canada implicated in this arms trade.

Since the letter was launched on March 1st it’s been hand-delivered to government officials and MPs across the country, and protests and banner drops have been held at the locations of the companies listed who are arming Saudi Arabia and profiting off of the war in Yemen.

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End Canada’s Support of the War on Yemen and Ongoing Weapons Exports to Saudi Arabia

The Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network wrote the following letter condemning the Canadian government and Canadian companies’ ongoing profiteering off of arming Saudi Arabia and sending weapons to the worst humanitarian situation on the planet in Yemen.

We’re pleased to announce that 68 organizations across Canada, representing nearly one million people, have signed on to demand that Canada #StopArmingSaudi and to highlight 28 companies in Canada complicit in this arms deal.

On March 1st, the letter was delivered to Prime Minister Trudeau’s office. Throughout the week it will be delivered to the companies and government officials named across Canada.

The full letter is available for download here.

Act now:

Help spread the word on social media! Sample messaging here and shareable graphics here.

Residents of Canada are invited to sign these two parliamentary petitions: