Peace Rally Remarks
CANADA SHOULD BE A WORLDWIDE LEADER IN THE CALL FOR PEACE
Remarks by Peggy Nash to the Peace Rally at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on March 20, 2022
Congratulations to the people of Toronto for coming to this rally in
the cold and the rain, and bringing their warmth and their passion
about the need for peace in the world.
Canadians rallied in massive numbers one year ago in protest trying to
prevent the US led invasion of Iraq. People around the world were
against the US pre-emptive strike in Iraq on the ground that the world
would be less safe not more secure as a result; that many innocent
lives would be lost and that resources badly needed to help with
development would be squandered in war. In addition there was no
proof that there were weapons of mass destruction which was the reason
for the invasion. The vocal opposition of Canadians led to the
decision of the Canadian Government not to join the invasion of Iraq.
One year later, all our fears have proved justified and the weapons of
mass destruction did not exist. People around the world are still
calling for peace, an end to the US occupation and the need to rebuild
Iraq under the leadership of the UN.
Canada should be a world leader in promoting nuclear disarmament, human
rights and democratic development. We also need to take a strong
stand in opposing George Bush’s Star Wars missile defence
plan. This technology is hugely expensive to the tune of one
trillion dollars, it does not work, and it will lead to the
militarization of space. We need to hold politicians accountable
in the next federal election by getting their firm opposition to Star
Jack Layton and the NDP have been consistent in standing up for
peace. As the NDP candidate for Parkdale High Park, I intend to
continue to make this a priority for our country. Let’s spend our
resources wisely and for the benefit of humanity.