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Don’t miss out as CNA2020 will host a live recording of The Herle Burly political podcast with Jenni Byrne and Scott Reid, hosted by David Herle. The Herle Burly is Canada’s must-listen-to political podcast for insiders, activists and voters who want a deep-dive into the big issues impacting our country. Join us for a commotion of insights, arguments, opinions and a loud laugh or two.

“I’m really looking forward to this. I get to talk politics with Scott and Jenni, and support the nuclear industry’s efforts to decarbonize our society and fight climate change,” Herle tweeted.

He is a Canadian political consultant and principal partner at leading polling and research firm, The Gandalf Group. Herle has been around Liberal politics since the early 1980s in Saskatchewan organizing ridings for provincial leader Ralph Goodale. Since then, he has worked on campaigns with Paul Martin, Kathleen Wynne and many others. For 10 years, he was a regular commentator on CBC’s The National. He is known for strategic thinking, blunt talk, lifelong passions and occasionally saying something he wished he could take back.

“An impossible and endless supply of political powered-opinions. We’re the podcast equivalent of cold fusion,” Reid tweeted. “We’re gonna split atoms, talk politics and have a lot of fun!”

Reid served in a series of senior roles in provincial and federal governments, most notably as Senior Advisor and Director of Communications to Prime Minister Paul Martin from 2003 to 2006. Reid is best known as a political commentator, having regularly contributed to the National Post, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and others. He is a past co-anchor of CTV’s National Affairs and was a featured columnist in the Ottawa Citizen from 2012 to 2017. Currently, he serves as an on-air political analyst for CTV News while writing for CBC.ca, iPolitics and Maclean’s.

“Looking forward to Thursday because Scott, David and I will be discussing so many hot takes on Canadian politics that they will power a nuclear reactor!” Byrne said.

Byrne was the Director of Issues Management for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2011 and 2015, she was the Conservative Party National Campaign Manager. With that 2011 campaign, she became the first woman in Canadian history to manage a winning national, majority election campaign. Byrne was a key player on the Doug Ford 2018 campaign, and served as his Principal Secretary in the Premier’s Office and on the Ontario Energy Board. The private-sector consultant recently cofounded the J&M Leadership Network to help companies recruit qualified, talented women to serve on their boards.

NOTE: You must be registered for CNA2020 to attend this live recording. Registration is now closed as the conference is sold out.

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Provincial perspectives on small modular reactors

Two provincial cabinet members will take the CNA2020 mainstage to offer their perspectives of small modular reactors (SMRs) in their respective provinces.

Portrait of Dustin DuncanDustin Duncan has been the member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Weyburn-Big Muddy since 2006. A member of the Saskatchewan Party, he currently serves as the Minister of Environment, Minister responsible for SaskPower and Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency. Previously, he managed various portfolios, including Energy and Resources, SaskEnergy.

Portrait of Greg RickfordIn 2018, Greg Rickford was elected as the member of Ontario Legislature for Kenora—Rainy River. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party, he is the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the Minister of Indigenous Affairs. Previously, Rickford was the member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora since 2008. Federally, he served as Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario), Minister of Natural Resources and other portfolios.

In December, the premiers of Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance the development and deployment of SMRs. To address climate change, regional energy demand and economic development, the MOU commits the provinces to work cooperatively to:

  • address key issues for SMR deployment, such as technological readiness, regulatory frameworks, financing, waste management, and public and Indigenous engagement;
  • develop support for the SMR Roadmap and as requested by the CEOs of SaskPower, Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power and NB Power;
  • work with all levels of government to promote nuclear as clean energy;
  • influence the federal government to make the necessary changes to facilitate the introduction of SMRs;
  • engage with other interested provinces and territories to explore the potential for SMR deployment in their jurisdictions; and
  • inform the public about the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy and SMRs.

Join this CNA2020 plenary session on Thursday, February 27 from 11:00 to 12:00.

Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.