I am writing to congratulate you on your appointment to the Senate of Canada. This must give you great satisf action as a parliamentarian, Member of Parliament (1972-84) and founding president of Parliamentarians for Global Action; chair of the United Nations Disarmament Committee (1988), Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament (1984-89), and current chair of the Canadian Network for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and chair of Canadian Pugwash; and even more so because it will help you in what has long been your deepest ambition, to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
We in Science for Peace are fortunate to have you as a member of our Advisory Council. We rejoice, together with all other Canadian NGOs dedicated to peace and disarmament in this well-deserved distinction conferred upon you, which we hope and pray might be an indicator of a serious commitment by the government to take a leadership role in achieving by the year 2000 a convention that will set out a binding timetable for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in the world.
Professor Mel Watkins
President of Science for Peace