Letter to Prime Minister Martin Re: Nomination of Paul Wolfowitz - March 29, 2005

March 29, 2005

The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

RE: Canadian NGOs Call on Canada to Vote Against the US Nomination for Next World Bank President.

Dear Prime Minister,

We the undersigned organizations find Paul Wolfowitz to be an unsuitable candidate for the next president of the World Bank. We call on the Government of Canada to oppose the U.S. nomination and instruct the Executive Director, Marcel Mass', to vote against Mr. Wolfowitz's nomination.

The current US nominee illustrates the need for fundamental reform of the selection process of the World Bank and IMF. The World Bank stands at a critical juncture. The Government of Canada cannot stand at the sidelines of the selection process. The government has a responsibility to clearly, publicly and strongly voice the need for fundamental reform of the selection process for the World Bank president.

Canada must ensure that an appropriate and democratically chosen candidate for the position is advanced and vote against the current nominee.


John Mihevc, Chair
Halifax Initiative Coalition
Cc:  Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance
Hon. Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation
Mr. Marcel Mass', Executive Director for Canada, World Bank

Halifax Initiative Coalition members:

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Social Affairs Office
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
Canadian Friends of Burma
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)
CAW - Canada
CoDevelopment Canada
Democracy Watch
Falls Brook Centre
Friends of the Earth Canada
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
MiningWatch Canada
North-South Institute
Oxfam Canada
Rights & Democracy
Sierra Club of Canada Nuclear Campaign
Social Justice Committee
Steelworkers Humanity Fund
Toronto Environmental Alliance
World Interaction Mondiale

Other organizations that have endorsed this letter:

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Blue Planet Project
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN)
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Canadian Pugwash Group Executive
Council of Canadians
Interagency Coalition on Aids and Development (ICAD)
One Sky - Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living
Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)
Partnership Africa Canada
Peterborough Coalition for Social Justice
Polaris Institute
Students Against Global AIDS
UPA D'veloppement international (UPA DI)
World Federalist Movement - Canada (WFMC)