I (one of many) am helping Paul Szabo (MP, Mississauga South) in the current election campaign. Paul invited me to accompany him to the Liberal rally and brought me into the gathering room of ~25 local MPs (e.g., Allan Rock, Art Eggleton), plus Dave Collinette, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. Paul introduced me to many of them as a retired scientist/engineer from AECL. Quite an exciting experience, I might say!
One fellow, Jim Karygiannis, MP Scarborough-Agincourt, started to question me about the failed Akkuyu bid. He said the site was in a very high seismic area, and that the American PWR reactor design could withstand much higher Richter levels than the CANDU design.
I didn't want to argue with him about this issue at this venue, so I asked for his card and promised to send him some seismic maps which showed the site was in a low seismic area. I pointed out that Turkey had many gas and oil pipelines crossing the country and had other, less expensive options for electricity supply. Then he started to talk about the seismic fault under the Pickering station and how dangerous that is.
It seems to me that some (probably many) of our elected leaders are not accurately informed about nuclear technology. If we want nuclear technology to survive in Canada, we ought to find a way to communicate accurate information to them on this subject.