That this General Synod, in light of the appeal made by the Primate and other church leaders in February 1998 to the government to bring new commitment to "the challenge to rid the world of the plans and the means to nuclear annihilation", support their leaders' call to the Canadian government to:
-affirm abolition as the central goal of Canadian nuclear weapons policy;
-urge all states to begin immediately and conclude by the year 2000, a Convention for eliminating nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework;
-urge all nuclear weapons states to take their nuclear forces off alert status and commit themselves to no-first-use of nuclear weapons;
-renounce any role for nuclear weapons in Canadian defense policy, and call on other countries, including Russia and Canada's NATO allies, to do likewise;
-review the legality of Canada's nuclear weapons-related activities in light of the 1996 International Court of Justice ruling, and then move quickly to end all activities determined to be of questionable legality; and
-embrace publicly, the conclusions of the 1996 Canberra Commission report, including its recommendations that the nuclear weapons states commit themselves unequivocally to the elimination of nuclear weapons and agree to work immediately on the practical steps and negotiations for its achievement, and that the non-nuclear states join in cooperative international action to implement this commitment;
-and that this General Synod commend the church leaders' statement to dioceses and parishes, and urge Anglicans to engage themselves in the mounting public efforts to achieve these steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and, in particular, the initiatives of Project Ploughshares. CARRIED Act 82
Abstentions were noted from Chancellor David Wright, Captain Baxter Park, Captain Todd Meaker, Mr. Bryan Campbell and Canon Andrew Gates.
That this General Synod extend the Courtesies of the House to Elizabeth and Peter Penashue so that they may speak on behalf of Innu people regarding the following resolution on low-level flying. CARRIED Act 62
Mr. Peter Penashue spoke to the following motion [See motion entitled "Support for Innu", Act 69].
That this General Synod commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.
That the resolution commence with the wording:
That, subject to further editing, this General Synod....CARRIED
The amended resolution was then put and - CARRIED Act 49
[The resolution now reads:
That, subject to further editing, this General Synod, commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.]
1. declare its opposition to the use, production, stockpiling, sales, transfer or export of anti-personnel landmines;
2. communicate in writing this opposition to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Foreign Affairs;
3. urge the federal government to work for an international ban on the use, production, stockpiling, sale, transfer or export of anti-personnel landmines within the international community;
4. communicate in writing to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, our support of present Canadian initiatives and of further initiatives to assist in humanitarian mine clearance, including the Cambodia Mine Action Centre and other United Nations and bilateral mine clearance activities;
5. urge the federal government to declare an immediate Canadian moratorium on the production and export of landmines, their component parts, and related technology;
6. ask the federal government to increase its support for and participation in bilateral and multilateral programs providing assistance to the victims of landmines. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 79
That this General Synod call on the Government of Canada to:
1. declare Canada's opposition to NATO's long-standing, stated policy of possible first use of nuclear weapons;
2. press NATO to forswear the first use of nuclear weapons in any form;
3. press at the United Nations and other fora for more substantial and rapid reduction by all nuclear powers of the existing global stockpile of 45,000 nuclear weapons, as well as support a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, together with a ban on laboratory experiments; and
4. adopt as a foreign policy objective the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world in the near term, as General Synod in 1986 envisaged in calling for this elimination by the year 2000 (GS Act 88). CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 85
That in solidarity with the parish of St. Philip the Apostle and the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto, General Synod endorse the Nuclear Weapons Legal Action being brought by World Federations of Canada, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, the National Union of Provincial Government Employees, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, the Assembly of First Nations, and the Voice of Women. This legal action is seeking a court declaration that Canada's support for the NATO policy reserving the right to "first use" of nuclear weapons in response to an attack with conventional weapons is illegal under both Canadian and international law. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 110
It was noted that, because of conflict of interst, two Assessors of the General Synod, Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson and Mr. Justice David Wright, as well as the following members of the delegation from the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces, abstained from voting on the above motion. Rt. Rev. J.C.M. Clarke, Lt. T.C. Meaker, Col. R.I. McDowell, Capt.(N) T. Brown, Capt.(N) Canon G.R. Ives, L.Col. Rev. G.E. Peddle.