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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Harper, Bush and Calderon Secretly Plot Future of North America

In a strongly worded warning to all Canadians, (after Stephen Harper reneged on his promises over resource revenues and circumvented the intent of the Atlantic Accord contract), Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said, “Be careful, if he can do it to us he can do it to you”.

There may never have been a more prophetic statement made by a Canadian politician.

Bend over and grit your teeth Canada because you’re about to “have it done to you” in a big way.

Williams’ words might just prove far more accurate than anyone thought at the time.

Next week, on August 20 and 21, Stephen Harper, George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will spend a couple of days quietly sequestered at a hotel in Montebello, Quebec, a location that will not be open to the public or the press. No cameras will be permitted inside and public discussion of what takes place in those meetings will be tightly controlled and managed by the three leaders.

While camped out at the Chateau Montebello, a luxury hotel in Quebec, the three will discuss what is being called the “Security and Prosperity Partnership” or SPP. While SPP is officially being spun as little more than an opportunity for the three amigos to discuss security and prosperity many critics are calling the SPP a case of NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) on steroids. SPP was initiated in March 2005 at a summit of the Canadian, US, and Mexican leaders.

The SPP exists only as a verbal entity and is not found in any official treaty or identified in any government legislation. Instead SPP is based on private discussions between the leaders themselves and closed door meetings with big business, lobbyists and political insiders.

From the Canadian perspective, the SPP is a means of completely overhauling Canadian business, military and social programs without having to adhere to normal democratic processes or contend with unwanted public scrutiny.

Since none of what is discussed or agreed upon during SPP meetings is ever reflected in official documents the public has no idea what is being done behind the scenes and no opportunity to have a say in the nation’s future. A future which, if SPP proponents like Stephen Harper have their way, will see Canada suffer massive job losses and lead to the destruction of the of social programs and benefits we all depend on.

One of these secret meetings took place in Sept 2006 in Banff Springs, Alberta. When asked by the media if he was in attendance Public Safety Minister, Stockwell Day refused to confirm or deny his attendance. He instead said that “if he was there” it was a "private" meeting that he would not comment on.

"No item - not Canadian water, Mexican oil, or American anti-dumping laws - "is off the table"; rather, contentious or intractable issues will simply require more time to ripen politically."
- Leaked Minutes of a 2004 meeting of the Task Force on the Future of North America

The North American Competitiveness Council, (NACC) was launched as part of the SPP program in June 2006. It is the only known advisory group to the SPP and the only “tangible” component of the SPP itself.

The NACC is made up of 30 powerful, hand picked and influential corporate leaders from the three nations along with a few “special” advisors. According to recent reports the minutes of a January 10, 2006 “Dialogue on the Security and Prosperity Partnership” meeting reveal that the NACC was created to "engage substantively and pragmatically on trade and security issues without undue deference to political sensitivities."

In other words, the intention of the NACC is to move the SPP agenda forward without public knowledge, involvement or intervention. They are tasked with, “making it happen” by circumventing legislative requirements and the democratic processes itself.

In 2006 Maclean's magazine reported that the NACC is a "cherry picked group of executives who were whisked to Cancun [Mexico] in March by the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and asked to come up with a plan for taking North American integration beyond NAFTA."

The public is largely unaware what this organization is up to or even of its existence, let alone that Stephen Harper is actively working toward tighter security, military, financial and corporate integration with the U.S. and Mexico than ever before.

The dream of the SPP is a North American integration that far exceeds current trade agreements and will lead to the erosion of trade unions, lower wages and limited control over resources such as petroleum, water, minerals, forest resources, etc and the like. It will also lead to an intertwining of Canada’s military with that of the U.S, widespread job losses and the erosion of federal programs such as universal healthcare in an attempt to more closely align with U.S. policies and programs.

Currently Stephen Harper and his cronies are playing their cards very close to their chests. With a minority government it’s his only option. Many observers believe that should the Prime Minister win a majority in the next election the SPP will move toward full implementation of its agenda at a much faster pace.

The whole situation makes me wonder if Harper’s refusal to let the Atlantic Provinces retain the benefit of their natural resources might actually have been decided at one of these secret SPP meetings. I guess we’ll never know, nor will know when or where the next shoe might fall.

Like Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said, “Be careful, if he can do it to us he can do it to you”.

6 comments:

ussr said...

Well Myles ,i must say that its about time .

OH ,and As Always Mr Higgon,a very well written piece .

Wince ,first post I win !!!!

Lonenewfwolf said...

Seen this document? Another one of their schemes coming down the pipe. Not to be reported in the mainstream media anytime soon....

http://www.sierraclub.org/committees/cac/water/WaterThreatsNAFTASPPAtlantica.pdf

Wince said...

Third! Nope, doesn't have that same ring to it. :)

Hopefully the restriction will allow constructive conversation to flourish.

I for one applaud this move from Myles. Hopefully it will mean Ed and WJM will come back again. They have been absent for quite some time.

Agree or disagree with them, they at least added to the conversation.

Patriot said...

From today's Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL -- Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe Thursday denounced the secretive nature of the Security and Prosperity Partnership summit opening Monday in Montebello, Que.

Duceppe said the Bloc is not opposed in principle to the event but the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico will make decisions affecting the Canadian public directly and that should not happen behind closed doors.

He insisted that since Prime Minister Stephen Harper never made public his views on issues going into the summit, the PM must provide an account of any decisions taken there before the government follows through on them. At the very least, the government should freeze the application of any measures until MPs can be consulted.

"They are important subjects which have a direct impact on the population," Duceppe told a Montreal news conference. "Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hiding what will be going on at Montebello from the population," he went on. "When I talk of the secretive nature of the talks, I deplore the fact that only business people are present for the meetings when they should have included civil society too."

Duceppe offered several examples of potential direct consequences from the summit including possible changes to workplace norms that could affect workers. The same goes for regulations governing the use of pesticides. He said 90 per cent of pesticide regulations in Canada are stricter than those in the United States. Agreeing to level the playing field in the name of more closely aligning the three countries would mean a decline in Canadian standards.

The summit will discuss increasing oil production levels of the Alberta tar sands. Duceppe said more petroleum may be good news for the oil-starved United States but Canada would be stuck with the increased pollution. One of the summit's sub-committees is proposing a five-fold increase in tar sands oil.

"The problem is we don't really know what they're discussing," Duceppe said. "We have a lot of concern with that."

Patriot said...

News Report:

NDP MPs demand Harper government halt bulk export Canada's fresh water supply

SPP integration deal risks Canadian sovereignty and vital fresh water resources

Edited by Peggy Chan

OTTAWA – Fresh water has become the latest target of efforts by U.S. interests to take over the resources of other countries, under the guise "protecting American security", as well as spreading the alleged virtues of "free market" capitalism. Canada stands to lose millions of litres of fresh water as a result of bulk water exports if the Conservatives enact proposals being discussed later this week in a closed-door meeting in Calgary.

NDP parliamentary activists stood on the steps of Parliament Hill on 26 April 2007, and called for a full parliamentary debate on the issue of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) -- before the government implements the political economic, cultural, and military assimilation of Canada in the U.S. any further. This process has been dubbed "deep integration".

"We are calling on the Canadian government to pull out of these talks. It is beyond all reason that our government would be looking for ways to ship our fresh water resources in bulk to the United States," said NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian.

The Council of Canadians also revealed a leaked memo in late April 2007, that showed high level secret-talks would begin in the last week of April 2007, in Calgary, between government and business leaders to discuss "water consumption, water transfers and artificial diversions of bulk water" with the aim of achieving "joint optimum utilization of the available water."

Mr. Julian was joined by NDP Natural Resources Critic Catherine Bell and Peggy Nash (Parkdale High Park) who both echoed his concern.

"Water is our most precious resource," said Bell. "We shouldn’t be looking to sell it off to the lowest bidder. We need a full and open debate in the House of Commons about deeper integration with the U.S. and specifically on the future of our fresh water reserves."

The North American Future 2025 Project, an initiative being led by the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Conference Board of Canada and the Mexican Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas calls for a series of "closed-door meetings" on North American integration with government officials dealing with a number of highly contentious issues including bulk water exports, a joint security perimeter, and a continental resource pact.


"Access to water is a fundamental right and therefore should not be treated as a commodity in trade agreements," declared Nash, who recently tabled a motion in Parliament to ban bulk water exports. "The issue of air quality has rightfully jumped to the top of the political agenda recently, but we must not forget about the importance of clean, safe water."

As U.S. Big Business interests continue to destroy its own resources with reckless environmental policies, these interests correspondingly seek to take-over the resources of other countries. This is psychosis of the American capitalist system As this occurs, a consortium of neo-conservative "intellectuals" that controls the U.S. political-military-industrial complex instead of pursuing conservation that would "hamper corporate profits" seeks to take-over and control the resources of other countries. This process includes a process of bribing elites of various countries to "surrender" national vital resources needed to sustain societal quality-of-living to U.S. greed driven interests; and if that technique fails, using contrived pre-emptive military force as in the case of Iraq..

AN N said...

I heard a Professor from the University of California on CBC Radio about three weeks ago talking about a fire which burnt the bottom of Lake Okeechobee of Florida in May. She talked about the fact that the water from that Lake provided irrigation for much of the agricultural land around it. The water level was so low in the Lake that the bottom was exposed and the MUD was so dry that it acted like peat.

During the Professor's Talk to CBC Radio she said that the United States were hoping to get water from their good neighbours up North, Canada. She said that they were hoping to be able to tow down ice-bergs or have bulk water shipped down to alleviate the problem.

If Canada acts on this, it will be disastrous to our water supply.

I am really starting to wonder about who are running the Shops of the World?



AN ARTICLE OF THE FIRE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE IS PASTED BELOW

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Part of dried-out Lake Okeechobee is on fire << BACK
Wednesday, May 30, 2007


WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Amidst a continuing severe drought, Lake Okeechobee, the main backup water supply source for millions in South Florida, has dropped to a level of 8.97 feet and parts of the lake have dried out and have caught fire.


According to a May 30 Associated Press story on Florida Today, the 12,000-acre fire broke out on May 28 where the bottom of the lake was exposed.


The cause of the fire is unknown.


The South Florida Water Management District said on its Web site that it is taking advantage of the dried-out and lowered lake level to clean and restore it.


Florida Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Southeast District Director Tim Rach said in a statement on the Web site, “Removing the sediment from Lake Okeechobee will provide environmental and economical benefits for this area and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.”


The lake’s current level of 8.97 feet matches a record low set in 2001.


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