Use the Peace Tax Return of Conscience Canada to make a declaration against paying for war. See https://www.consciencecanada.ca/?page_id=132 and for the easy electronic version which you can do right from your computer. Just follow the easy instructions. https://www.consciencecanada.ca/eptr/
Below is my Peace Tax Return and letter to my MP and several cabinet ministers. I used Option B which means I withheld some of my Federal tax line and sent it to Conscience Canada Peace Tax Fund in Trust to be held there until the government creates its own Peace Fund. I can ask for the money back at any time.
Peace Tax Return for the 2019 tax year
Option B: Declaration of Conscience and Redirection of Part or All of Military Taxes
I am a conscientious objector to war and object to being forced to support war by the conscription of my taxes.
Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms I request that none of my taxes be used for war.
I request that legislation be enacted to create a government controlled Peace Fund for non-military peace-building purposes to which the military portion of my taxes can be diverted.
On grounds of conscience I am herewith:
– diverting a symbolic portion ( ) of owed federal tax to the Peace Tax Fund of Conscience Canada, pending the creation of a government controlled Peace Fund.
April 16, 2020
I oppose war and killing and I am unable in good conscience to pay taxes which support war and the preparations for war. Canada has respected conscientious objection to bearing arms for over two hundred years. However, in this time of high tech warfare, governments need to conscript our money, not our bodies.
Also near the beginning of the current Covid-19 Pandemic, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres made a speech entitled, “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war”. In it he said, “Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.
The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.
Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.
The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.
They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.
Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.
Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted.
Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable.
The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.
End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.
That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.
It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.
To warring parties, I say:
Pull back from hostilities.
Put aside mistrust and animosity.
Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes.
This is crucial…to help create corridors for life-saving aid, to open precious windows for diplomacy, to bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties to enable joint approaches to COVID-19.
But we need much more.
End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now.
That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.”
I am asking my Federal government to be as inspired as I am by the Secretary-General’s speech. End the contract for armed vehicles with Saudi Arabia that you have just confirmed is going ahead, despite what Mr. Guterres has called for. Cancel the purchase of U.S. made fighter planes that have no defence use in Canada. Cancel the contract for the building of armed navy war ships (build coastal patrol craft and search and rescue aircraft but not armed).
All of these weapons of war are stealing from the true threats to our security – pandemics such as we are experiencing and global climate catastrophe and species extinction which is also under way and which encourages the spread of pandemics. Also as General and President Eisenhower said, these war preparations represent theft from the poorest of humanity.
Canadian forces are increasingly being asked to fight wild-fires and floods, which are consequences of the climate catastrophe and are even now being asked to assist with the pandemic. But they do not need to be armed for offensive actions. We could just train willing volunteers to be civil defence units to help with the disasters we are experiencing.
Freedom of conscience is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I ask that you support a bill similar to Private Member’s Bill C-363 (2011), ‘An Act respecting conscientious objection to the use of taxes for military purposes’, which would allow me to direct that all my taxes be spent only for peaceful purposes. I am asking that you work to bring such a bill to a vote in the House of Commons. This kind of tax provision is needed in order for Canada to respect its commitment to freedom of conscience.