I’d say it would be Harper’s brain, Tom Flanagan who last year tipped his hand with these words:
“In times of perceived crisis, a conservative party can win by positioning itself further to the right, as shown by the victories of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Ralph Klein, Mike Harris and Gordon Campbell. But Canadians don’t perceive themselves in crisis right now.” [emphasis mine]
Here’s the crisis they need to sell off the AECL to GE or someone else. Convert decades of Canadian taxpayer investment into private profits – that’s what Lunn aims to do. It’s probably what also drove Lunn into a fit of economic nationalism when he insisted that Ontario buy AECL reactors. Create value for GE, great, that’s what will cause the Conservative to worry about the Ontario economy.