Sunday, June 21, 2009

Isotopes, Isotopes, Avro Arrow Redux - Harper's Conservatives Failure of Vision by Louis Evan Palmer

Given a choice, Harper will usually side with the mediocre and limiting. Canada has over 40 years of expertise in nuclear technology and medical isotopes, in particular, and Harper is content to throw it away.

Like Diefenbaker did with the Avro Arrow program, Harper will toss out the investment & the expertise and watch highly skilled Canadians leave Canada for other climes, mainly the USA. Like Diefenbaker, Harper cites cost and yet he's willing to spend many times those amounts on an illegal war in Afghanistan or paying into carmakers' pilfered pension funds.

Other jurisdictions are not so blind or pound-foolish. Australia is ramping up its ability to generate medical isotopes. Saskatchewan's premier has declared that Saskatchewan will have this ability within 3 years.

This is a serious peaceful use of nuclear technology for which demand will only increase. Of course, Harper sees that as a reason to exit the field.

It's a point to ponder as to how much of Harper can Canada take before it devolves into oblivion.

Isotopes, Isotopes, Avro Arrow Redux - Harper's Conservatives Failure of Vision, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,
Copyright 2009 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.


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