FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2004
Non-Violent Alternatives to Canadian
Defence & Security
Is military defence the only, or even the best way to ensure Canada's
This question assumes great relevance when there are calls for
increased military spending. The world seems poised to embark on
a permanent warpath at the same time as we are witnessing the growth
of the world's "other superpower" of public opinion opposed
Invited by Conscience Canada, Canadian citizens from 15 communities
across the country have come together to redefine defence and security.
They provide strong, credible, concrete alternatives to military
defence in their report 'Non-violent Alternatives to Canadian Defence
These consultations concluded that it is possible, indeed essential,
for Canada to ensure its defence completely through non-violent
means. Defending Canada's sovereignty, providing support to international
peacekeeping and ensuring protection in domestic emergency situations
could be done more effectively and efficiently outside of the military.
We are about to commemorate the anniversary of the great war, the
war after which we declared 'never again'. But we continue to prepare
for war and totally neglect to create the non-violent infrastructures
that alone will ensure that we keep our promise to the military
and civilian victims of all wars.
Lloyd Axworthy says: "Imagination is a vital asset in defining
the role Canada might play in the world; as important in its own
way as the size of the army, the strength of the economy, or the
capacity of the diplomatic corps." (Globe&Mail: Nov.9/04).
Unless we imagine the viability of non-violent alternatives, we
will likely continue to allow precious resources to be squandered
on ineffective and dangerous military initiatives.
Please, as you chronicle the war histories, help your audience
to look forward to a time when war will be no more. Conscience Canada
can provide you with names of people to interview to supplement
the information provided in the report.
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