Passed at the ILPS-Canada Chapter National Assembly in Surrey, British Columbia on May 20, 2018
RESOLUTION against Canada’s “new vision” of defence and the proposed National Security Act (Bill C-59)
(submitted by Barbara Waldern, Just Peace Committee)
The Canadian government published its New Vision of defence on the internet on June 7, 2017. This vision announces a three-pronged approach of “Strong at Home,” “Secure in North America,” and “Engaged in the world” with the buzz words of “Anticipate, Adapt and Act.” The announcement explains the intentions of increasing co-operation and alignment with the United States of America’s military policy, increasing domestic policing and becoming a major factor for aggressive military actions on the world stage.
Related to this defence stance, one must not overlook the proposed National Security Act, Bill C-59, which was first read in Parliament on June 20. Far from upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and habeas corpus (guilt must be proven in the courts), it seeks to permit CSIS and the RCMP to act lawlessly under practically any pretext in the vague aim of countering terrorism.
Just what is the Canadian DND defending? Considering the above policy and legislative moves, we can clearly see that the Trudeau administration is militarizing Canada and becoming a greater factor for war, militarism and neo-fascism at home and abroad. Indeed, it is not only continuing and extending the hard-line militarist course against peace, democratic norms and freedoms of the previous government under Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party, it is increasing military spending, seeking military action, and partnering ever-closer with US imperialism. In short, Trudeau and company are deeply committed to satisfying the arms dealers’ lobby, reining in movements for just peace and social change in defence of the war industry and US aims, and making war for the sake of defending the status quo, financial oligarchy and ruling corporations.
ILPS Canada firmly opposes Canada’s New Vision for national defense and Bill C-59, the omnibus bill “An Act Respecting National Security Matters.”
1) A national campaign to demand that Canada withdraw from NATO.