Now that George Bush’s administration has succeeded in bypassing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is hoping to sell CANDU reactors to India. As AECL’s sole shareholder, the federal government should not support the sale of new CANDUs to India.
Canada cut off nuclear relations with India in 1974 when it used Canadian nuclear technology to build a nuclear bomb – something India promised never to do. India has been unable to conduct nuclear trade with the rest of the world since then.
Hoping to profit off selling reactors, however, the Bush Administration decided to negotiate a nuclear cooperation agreement with India in 2005 outside of the NPT. (To learn more on the Bush administrations undermining of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, read the Greenpeace report: The U.S. India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement – the end of the nuclear non-proliferation regime?)
Canada is now negotiating its own such agreement, which would allow AECL to re-enter the Indian market.
Should the federal government allow AECL to provide nuclear support to India? No.
India already broke Canada’s trust in the 1970s by using Canadian nuclear technology to produce a nuclear bomb. Canada should not repeat this mistake.
One thing is for sure, the Bush administration’s will not be around to deal with the possible arms race sparked by opening nuclear trade with India and undermining NPT.
Like George Bush, AECL is desperate to sell reactors. Canada should not play George Bush's game. The federal government should say 'No' to CANDU Exports to India