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Mysterious millions spent on Candu sales commissions

The Story


The way Candu reactors are being pitched overseas is raising questions of scandalous proportions. There are reports of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. paying over $10 million to foreign sales agents, with little or no record of who they were, or what they did to earn the money. AECL officials are brought before the Public Accounts Committee to explain themselves.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 1976
Guest(s): Ross Campbell
Reporter: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 1:38

Did You know?


• Atomic Energy of Canada Limited was created around the National Research Council's Chalk River Laboratories on April 1, 1952. Its mandate was to develop peaceful uses of atomic energy.

• The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts (also known as the Public Accounts Committee or PAC) investigates government spending, and gives the House of Commons recommendations on how to improve the management of tax dollars and increase accountability.

• Following these investigations, the federal government introduced guidelines to ensure all dealings with foreign consultants follow the laws of both Canada and the host country.

• In 1994 Park Byung Chan, a South Korean agent retained by AECL to lobby the Korean Electric Power Corporation, was convicted by a Korean court of bribing a senior KEPCO official. AECL said they didn't know about his illegal activities, and immediately stopped dealing with Park when they found out he was being investigated.


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