The Liberal Party of Canada adopts a bold peace platform, including “the establishment of peace committees, departments and programmes at all levels of government!” Congratulations to our Canadian friends who helped make this happen.
136. Promoting a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
WHEREAS the Government of Canada has a constitutional responsibility for “peace, order and good government” (British North America Act, 1867, Article 91), making the federal government’s pursuit of peace an obligation, not an option;
WHEREAS Canada is a member of the United Nations (UN), which was founded “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” (Charter of the United Nations, preamble);
WHEREAS peace can prevail and endure only if we create institutions dedicated to promoting “a culture of peace and non-violence” (UNESCO, Manifesto 2000) in a society determined to use force only as an absolutely last resort;
WHEREAS this process of institutionalizing peace could include the establishment of peace committees, departments and programmes at all levels of government;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government of Canada to establish a governmental institution for peace with a mandate that includes the creation of a permanent Canadian Civilian Service of professionally trained men and women working for i) the prevention of violent conflict and war, and ii) the non-violent resolution of conflict at every level of society, both within Canada and overseas, through such means as:
- detection of early warning signs
- structured mediation
- non-violent intervention
- protection of human rights
- humanitarian and development assistance
- citizen diplomacy.
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