Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Natural Resources said that affordable, safe nuclear power was key to reaching Canada’s climate goals. It is the nuclear industry that carefully designed and continues to perpetuate that greenwashed illusion.
The reality is that competitive technologies like solar, wind and geothermal are operational today. Even when facing these indisputable facts, the government allocated millions of dollars to develop SMNRs, a hypothetical industry that relies strictly on massive federal subsidies and does nothing to resolve the problem of radioactive waste production. The risks are being ignored and the dangers trivialized.
In New Brunswick, nuclear is not a success story. After emerging from a $2.4-billion refurbishment, Point Lepreau is still losing $50,000 every hour on planned downtime—