Seriously, what the fuck?
Feds tried to order nuclear regulator to bend rules
Updated Tue. Dec. 18 2007 8:19 PM ET
OTTAWA -- The Conservative government issued a cabinet order last week to federal nuclear regulators in an apparent effort to pressure them into letting medical isotope production resume at the Chalk River nuclear reactor.
But the directive, dated Dec. 10, failed to resolve a dispute between Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., which operates the reactor, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission which sets licensing, health and safety rules.
The government brought in emergency legislation the next day that made a temporary end run around the rules to enable isotope production to resume.
Tory insiders cite the earlier order as proof that the government had tried to solve the problem through normal bureaucratic channels but was rebuffed by the commission.
"This was a confrontation between incompetence and intransigence,'' said one Conservative who asked not to be named. "The incompetence was on the AECL side and the intransigence was on the regulatory side."
So you're telling me that the Stephen Harper Party of Canada tried to overrule an independent regulatory body on an issue of nuclear safety!?!? And if something had gone horribly wrong because of that, you just know that it would have been the Liberals' fault, don't you?
Really, this is no longer funny. Fucking around with nuclear safety just doesn't have any entertainment value. Why the hell isn't Stephen Harper in prison where he belongs?