Media Advisory - U.S. Expert Seeks Canadian Leadership for Anti-Satellite Weapons Ban

    OTTAWA, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - A leading U.S. security expert will issue
an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper Tuesday and meet with Members
of Parliament to discuss the need for an international ban on anti-satellite
    January's test of a Chinese anti-satellite weapon created a 20 percent
increase in low earth orbit space debris. Canada, with significant space
assets to protect and an international reputation for promoting space
security, is in an excellent position to provide leadership for a legal regime
that bans the testing and use of debris-creating anti-satellite weapons.
    Dr. David Wright is Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Global
Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a Research
Affiliate in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.

    What:   Press Conference to release an open letter to Prime Minister
            Harper seeking an anti-satellite weapons ban.

    When:   Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 AM

    Where:  Charles Lynch Room, 130S Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa.

    Who:    David Wright, Co-director of the Global Security Program, Union
            of Concerned Scientists (Cambridge, Mass.)
            Peggy Mason, Former Canadian U.N. Ambassador for Disarmament and
            Senior Advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs
            Anthony Salloum, Program Director of the Rideau Institute on
            International Affairs

For further information:

For further information: Steven Staples, Director, Rideau Institute,
(613) 565-4994, cel. (613) 290-2695

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