Bill Bhaneja, Member, Canadian Pugwash Group and Co-founder, Canadian Peace Initiative(CDPI), www.departmentofpeace.ca
On 30 November 2011, a Private Members Bill C-373: "An Act to Establish a Department of Peace in the Federal Government" was introduced in the House of Commons for first reading by the NDP MP Alex Atamanenko. The Bill was co-seconded by Green Party MP Elizabeth May and Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis.
The full text of the bill c-373 can be accessed on the Parliament of Canada website at the link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5280365
The Bill has a section on 'Arms Control and Nuclear Disarmament'. See pages 7-8 and p.14 for relevant references including a specific mention on page 14 that the proposed Peace Department will "facilitate the role of all parties and relevant government departments in advancing the development of a nuclear weapons convention for the establishment of national and international legislation and policies on the responsible us, disposal and future elimination of nuclear weapons."
There is a comprehensive article on the tabling of Bill C-373 prepared by Koozma J. Tarasoff along with a photo of the press conference at the Parliament Hill on November 30th. It can accessed at: http://spirit-wrestlers.blogspot.com/2011/12/atamanenko-tables-department-of-peace.html
The Hill press conference was attended by the three sponsoring MPs of the Bill as well as three representatives from civil society: Theresa Dunn, Co-Chair and Bill Bhaneja Co-founder of Canadian Department of Peace Initiative(CDPI), and Doukhobour historian Koozma Tarasoff.