May 20, 1982 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Pauline Jewett

New Democratic Party

Miss Pauline Jewett (New Westminster-Coquitlam):

Madam Speaker, I rise to move a motion under Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent necessity on this day of the Canadian women's petition for peace. Under the authority of

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the President of the Privy Council (Mr. Pinard), who is the minister responsible for emergency planning, the government continues to distribute civil defence information, including "Eleven Steps to Survival". Again and again at the SCEAND hearings on security and disarmament, members heard testimony that there would be no survival after a nuclear exchange. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mrs. Mitchell):
That the minister cease advising Canadians that there are 11 steps to survival after a nuclear exchange, that he heed the words of one of the government's own senior advisers, Dr. G. R. Lindsey, chief of the Department of National Defence operational research and analysis branch, that "a nuclear war would be effectively the end of life as known", and that the government promote survival by pressing for a nuclear weapons freeze and a no-first-use pledge at the UN next month, and an end to Cruise missile test plans in Canada.

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