The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, an initiative launched by U.S. President George W. Bush last year, meets in Vienna on Sunday and Canada's participation – or lack thereof – remained a closely guarded secret Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper referred questions about the nuclear group to Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier's staff.
And with only three days before the event, a spokeswoman for Bernier said no decision had been made.
"We are fully assessing possible future implications prior to making any decision on joining the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership," said Isabelle Fontaine, the minister's director of communications.
Queries to Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn, who has responsibility for nuclear issues, went unanswered Thursday.
The silence speaks volumes- are we really to believe two days before the meeting that no decisions have been made? So, our "partners" are just waiting idly by, wondering if Canada will attend? Is this a party?
I'm with Cullen:
The continuing silence means only one thing to New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen: the decision to take part has already been made.
"These guys are in this negotiation and they're terrified to bring this back to the Canadian people because they will be slapped silly," he said.
The really disturbing part, Harper claims to be a "leader", who holds strong views and isn't afraid to take a stand. Contrast that rhetoric, with government officials scurrying like frightened rats, no dialogue whatsoever and a clandestine negotiation under the cover of darkness. How courageous, or cowardly, depending on your point of view.