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Some MPs Support the Creation of a Department of Peace

added March 17th, 2012

Toronto Sun and London-Free Press,  November 30, 2011
OTTAWA – Some members of Parliament want to give a Department of Peace a chance.

“Being onboard with the Americans and doing what they do, the very fact that we went into Afghanistan was a decision made that many of us disagreed with,” said NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, announcing his new private members bill to create the ministry.

“We have a military culture, we see people walking around in battle fatigues in our capital city, as a former military officer I find it strange, we see celebration of war efforts,” he said.

Atamanenko represents an area of British Columbia with deep Doukhobor history, but says he is not a pacifist himself, having served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970.

“We seem to be becoming a warring nation and moving away from being a peaceful nation.”

Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May support the bill.

“All of the lives lost in Afghanistan including the engagement in 9/11 and the creation of Osama bin Laden as al-Qaida can be laid at the door of failed geopolitical strategies of militarism – a Department of Peace could have prevented all of that.” said May.

The imagined ministry would found forums to get hostile groups talking through mediators, abolish nuclear, biological weapons and ban weapons in space.

It would also establish a “civilian peace service” to accredit “peace professionals.”

American Democrat Dennis Kucinich has proposed the same thing in the United States.

1 Comment

  1. I fully support the creation of a Department of Peace as a full fledged entity of the Canadian Government. It is gratifying to know that my member of federal government Mr.Jim Karygiannis is a supporter and seconder of Bill373 that has recently passed 1st reading on its way to becoming reality.

    This represents the culmination of a long term vision for Canada’s dedicated role as a Peace maker, whose roots can be traced to the Cyprus conflict between Turkey and Greece. I am currently very active in the Interfaith movement in Toronto that is focused on the Golden Rule. Peace for All is the foundation of the Golden Rule. We need to bring all the various groups that are working for Peace in their own way to create ONE strong voice that will be heard across the width and height of this great nation, in order to bring about change. The change that is based on Peace and Tolerance.

    Stefan Panajotoff


    Comment by Stefan Panajotoff — March 21, 2012 @ 7:19 am

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