OTTAWA (CP) – When Prime Minister Stephen Harper departs for Australia on Tuesday for a summit of pan-Pacific leaders, he’ll be carrying with him a secret agenda that is quite literally radioactive.
Harper will face questions from both Australian Prime Minister John Howard and U.S. President George W. Bush over Canada’s participation in a sweeping American-led initiative still in its infancy.
The initiative, called the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, proposes that nuclear energy-using countries and uranium-exporting countries band together in a new nuclear club to promote and safeguard the industry.
Central to the plan is a proposal that all used nuclear fuel be repatriated to the original uranium exporting country for disposal.
That should be big news in Canada, the world’s largest uranium producer.
But to date, the Canadian government’s response is a closely guarded secret. In fact, there’s been virtually no public debate at all.