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Keen defends decision

Independent federal agencies are feeling the big chill in the wake ofCanada’s nuclear watchdog being fired by the Conservative government, aparliamentary committee was told yesterday.<br />Two senior bureaucrats — Linda Keen, the former president of theCanadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) who was shown the door, andAuditor General Sheila Fraser — said when the head of a quasi-judicialbody can be fired then others start questioning their positions.


Independent federal agencies are feeling the big chill in the wake of Canada’s nuclear watchdog being fired by the Conservative government, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday.
Two senior bureaucrats — Linda Keen, the former president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) who was shown the door, and Auditor General Sheila Fraser — said when the head of a quasi-judicial body can be fired then others start questioning their positions.
“It is inevitable that people will at least look at this and say, ‘What does this mean for me during the time period when I am appointed?,’” Keen said.
It was Keen’s first appearance before the natural resources committee since being fired earlier this year by the Conservative government, with which she had clashed over the safety of the nuclear reactor in Chalk River.
Keen told MPs yesterday that the risk of an accident at Chalk River, operating without the pumps connected to an emergency power supply, was 1,000 times greater than the international standard — or one in a thousand, rather than the acceptable risk of one in a million.


 
 
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