Expect fireworks at natural resources committee
In Ottawa today, the Commons natural resources committee will be where the action is.
Late last night, the federal government fired Linda Keen as president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. We now have confirmation that Keen will appear before the committee when it meets this afternoon.
But before Keen testifies, Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn will answer the committee's questions this morning. Both will be speaking publicly on the issue for the first time.
Keen has been criticized by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after the commission closed the Chalk River nuclear reactor for a safety upgrade. That resulted in a worldwide shortage of medical isotopes.
In a letter last month, Lunn accused Keen of lacking judgment and leadership in her handling of the affair.
So with the opposition members of the committee calling for Lunn's resignation and government members ready to question Keen's handling of the issue, it should make for a compelling hearing.
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