Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP):Of course, there's a separate set of export rules associated with the nuclear industry. But between a Harper Con government which so gleefully flouts international norms for the sake of even much smaller industries and a purchaser on record having made deals with the likes of Gadhafi, there's reason for concern that the potential costs of a sale go far beyond even the debts and hazards already inherent in nuclear development.
Mr. Speaker, people would think that no one would be a fan of Gadhafi, but he has been pretty good for business.
Under the government, Canada's exports to Libya have skyrocketed and that included the sale of arms to the Gadhafi regime. Canadian owned SNC-Lavalin received a $275 million contract to build a prison for Gadhafi.
Will the government finally take steps to ensure that Canadian investment never contributes to human rights violations abroad?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
On radioactive deals
Yes, there are plenty of reasons for concern about the sale of AECL to SNC-Lavalin. But let's add another by raising the other issue that has put SNC-Lavalin in the news recently: