Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, International Law and Relations.




Chapter One provides an introduction to the problem and a review of all of the significant literature on the subject. Chapter Two examines the various economic factors that have made the sale of reactors an important Canadian foreign policy goal. Chapter Three sets out the political/security concerns associated with reactor exports, concentrating on the theme of the prevention of nuclear proliferation. Chapter Four looks at the period 1945-74 and shows that at the beginning of this era commercial interests clearly dominated over security concerns, but by the end an equilibrium had been reached between the two forces. Chapter Five examines the period 1974-76 when a shift in the balance between the two competing objectives took place, resulting in political/security concerns dominating over commercial interests. Chapter Six assesses the final period, 1977-92, when, despite the dire economic necessity of concluding reactor sales, the Canadian government still allowed political/security concerns to dominate over commercial interests. Chapter Seven gives a brief conclusion. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .B733. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1576. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.