Well that's more than an hour of my life that I can't get back. Silly me. I thought that maybe we'd learn something from the Committee dealing with the Chalk River reactor. Instead the Minister, Lisa Raitt, demonstrated that she is Cirque de Soleil flexible, as she spent most of her time patting herself on the back and high-fiving the government on the other side of the room.
She did say that there would be a shortage of isotopes, but completely brushed off or downplayed the urgency of the situation. In fact, she went so far as to say that there shouldn't be any fear-mongering re'the shortage. Hello? Gary Lunn and this is a matter of life and death anyone?
Raitt wouldn't compare the two shut downs however. This one is completely different. I'll say! They have absolutely no idea how long the shut down will be and after 18 months, they are just now setting up an 'expert' panel to examine the issue. (Is it me or does this government require an expert panel on...well...just about everything?) We're not too sure when that will be finalised, but they are trying to meet some July deadline, that I didn't really catch.
Anyway, very little was learned during the meeting, but as soon as it ended, I heard Greg Weston (Sun media) reporting that he believes the shut down is permanent! He said that the fuel rods were being removed and the reactor was being disassembled. It's his belief that it will not be reassembled. A new reactor will be required and that could take about 3 years.
A little side note here. I heard bits and pieces of a couple of committee meetings today and there was a constant theme by the government. That theme was twisting questions and answers to frame the fantabulous and historic record of this Conservative government.
Flogging a pathetic and imaginary record certainly smells like campaign readiness to me.