Some NATO countries have, either as a matter of government policy or by parliamentary resolution, decided that nuclear weapons should not, for the present, be stationed on their soil. Canada is among these countries which include Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Spain. However, these nations continue to share fully in the risks and responsibilities of Alliance collective security.
Alliance members, Canada included, have acknowledged publicly the critical requirement to maintain the continuance of nuclear and conventional deterrents as a pre-requisite to undiminished security at lower levels of armament.
Declaring Canada a nuclear weapons free zone would, first, be without precedent in NATO, as no other Alliance member has taken this course. Its consequences in terms of Alliance relationships cannot be predicted with certainty. Second, it would be incompatible with Canada's continued membership in NATO and NORAD, and, in particular, with participation in the NATO Nuclear Planning Group, which affords Canada the opportunity to consult on nuclear policy, including arms control affecting nuclear weapons.
This policy reflects the NDP's vision of a little Canada divorced from that larger community of states with which we share our traditions and basic political and social values.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS-MOTIONS NUCLEAR ARMAMENTS ADVISABILITY OF DECLARING CANADA A NUCLEAR ARMS FREE ZONE