Every day, as we spend time parsing through, trying to decide whether or not we should proceed, approximately 1,500 civilians are dying because of this trade, which takes me to the next point.
I find it interesting that there seems to be a correlation. The Ottawa treaty, the land mines treaty, was referenced earlier in testimony. There seems to be a correlation between the countries that have not signed or acceded to the ATT and those that haven't acceded or signed onto the Ottawa treaty on land mines. I'd like to note that we are soon approaching a very important anniversary, the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa treaty on land mines. That is something in which we in Canada can all be proud that we played such a critical role.
We shouldn't find ourselves on a list of countries that haven't signed or acceded to the ATT, which seems to correlate with the list of countries that haven't signed onto the Ottawa treaty: Cuba, the Russian Federation, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. I have to tell you that it is an uncomfortable place, as a Canadian legislator, to find oneself in that position.
Do you believe that we should move forward expeditiously at this point in time? We spent years on this. Should we move forward in acceding to the ATT?