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20 January 2015

The CRC Urges the Federal Government to Sign the Arms Trade Treaty

Montreal, January 20, 2015 – In a letter to the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Rita Larivée, SSA, the president of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC), urges the federal government to sign the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations without delay and begin treaty ratification in Canada as soon as possible.

The CRC members believe that “by signing the ATT, Canada would join the large majority of UN member states that have already signed the treaty to create a safer world for the thousands of civilians living under the threat of violence. The devastating humanitarian consequences of current conflicts around the world highlight the urgent need for regulation of the arms trade. The ATT will not resolve current crises, but will surely help contribute to prevention of similar future crises. Canada must sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty without hesitation.”