Hiroshima Day: Lose the Nuclear Ambivalence

Canada had more than a front row seat at the dawn of the nuclear age.

Ernie Regehr
Published: Wednesday, 08/05/2009 12:00 am EDT

Canada had more than a front row seat at the dawn of the nuclear age. As part of the Manhattan Project, this country was a player in the bombings that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki 64 years ago this week, providing both uranium and extensive scientific support for the first nuclear weapons. Yet right after the Second World War, Canada made a firm and lasting decision never to pursue the bomb for itself. And so began the nuclear ambivalence that still characterizes Canadian policy.

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