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O’Regan putting nuclear ‘front and centre’ raises eyebrows, industry hopes

By Aidan Chamandy      

The announcement ‘doesn’t reflect what’s in his mandate letter,’ says NDP natural resources critic Richard Cannings, nor did nuclear energy come up in a briefing he had with the minister.

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan delivers the opening keynote at the Canadian Nuclear Association's annual conference in Ottawa on Feb. 27. Mr. O'Regan gave a statement that, according to those in the nuclear industry, is the strongest statement of support from the federal government in years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan’s recent declaration that the federal government is “placing nuclear energy front and centre” came as a surprise, according to some nuclear experts and industry stakeholders, but has left some excited about the prospect of more federal support.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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