The alarm has been sounded, time and again. Not only by the so-called peaceniks, but also by successive secretaries general of the UN, Nobel laureates, and even old Cold Warriors.
The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sept. 1, 1945, after it was hit by an atomic bomb on Aug. 6 of that year. Earl Turcotte says all the signs are there that another catastrophe could come. UN photograph by DB
The day after the next nuclear detonation, it will all be so clear: what we could have done—what we should have done—to prevent it.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.