Search

 

Cablegate: Still No Details On Revised Canadian Iter Bid

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS OTTAWA 001306

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR OES/SAT, OES/STC, OES/ENV, OES/PCI
(MCGUIRE), OES/STAS (REYNOLDS), WHA/CAN,

WHITE HOUSE FOR OSTP (HALL)

DOE FOR OFFICE OF FUSION ENERGY SCIENCES (SC-50)
ROBERTS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TSPL TNGD ENRG EINV CA
SUBJECT: Still no details on revised Canadian ITER bid


1. In December 2002 during the 7th ITER Negotiations
meeting in Barcelona, the Canadian delegation announced
that in light of the competing proposals made by the
European Union and Japan to host ITER, it would
reassess its offer with a view to indicating a revised
position early in 2003.

2. The Canadian delegation had noted specifically
that, "the Canadian offer to host had a diminished
chance of success given current developments in the
negotiations unless the Government of Canada agreed to
participate financially in the project." At that time
the Canadian negotiators anticipated a revised offer by
the end of March 2003. As of early May, however, no
announcement has been made.

3. To determine when Canada's revised plan might be
available Emboff spoke with officials at the Department
of Natural Resources (NRCan) and Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFAIT).

4. Serge Bernier, Senior Policy Analyst in the
Economic and Fiscal Analysis Division at NRCan told
Emboff that NRCan Minister Dhaliwal has discussed ITER
with his federal cabinet colleagues and is presently
leading discussions with senior ministers of the
Ontario provincial government about the ITER bid.
Details regarding the discussion are however, lacking.
(It should be noted that Jim Campbell of NRCan, who was
Canada's head of delegation to ITER negotiating
meetings, retired from government service at the end or
April. Bernier is now acting in his stead, although we
understand that Campbell may well continue to attend
ITER meetings as a contract employee of NRCan.)

5. Dave Church, Senior Policy Advisor with the Science
and Technology Division at DFAIT told us that he
anticipates details of Canada's renewed bid will be
made public at the June 19th "P-1" meeting.

6. Comment: Although Church and Bernier appear hopeful
that Canada will present a new and attractive bid,
Church acknowledged that the European Union and Japan
are many laps ahead in the race to host ITER, while
Canada's bid remains in the pits for an overhaul. To
overtake the other proposals and become a front-runner
Canada's bid would have to include significantly
greater federal commitment and a federal investment far
larger than the C$3million the GoC provided in 2000.
Our perception is that achieving these objectives will
be difficult, at best. End comment.


CELLUCCI

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>



UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>