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1/16/2013  Idle No More protests, blockades spread across country
Protests prompted by first-nations frustration with the federal government flared in at least six provinces Wednesday. The “day of action” began quietly, but by lunchtime police in Windsor blocked one of two access roads to the Ambassador Bridge, which is the major trade crossing from southern Ontario to the United States, as protesters massed. A spokesman said the closing should not last long as natives were soon moving to a nearby parking lot. A CN rail spokesman confirmed reports that protesters had blocked the main line in Manitoba, near Portage la Prairie. “We have stopped train traffic in the immediate area, and have obtained a court injunction,” Jim Feeny said. A small group of people identified as members of the American Indian Movement were photographed blocking the CN rail line in Manitoba. Some members of the AIM, a militant group involved in the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee, do not recognize the U.S.-Canada border.
(The Globe and Mail)
posted: 1/19/13                   0       17
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1/15/2013  Burgeoning native protests shake Canadian establishment and official native leadership
Idle No More, the burgeoning grassroots native Indian movement, is continuing its campaign of protests against Canada’s Conservative government, which is seeking to pave the way for capitalist resource development by weakening and ultimately extinguishing collective native land rights. Marches, flash mobs, round dances and rallies were held this past weekend in dozens of cities from coast to coast, as well as on the many aboriginal reservations located in more isolated parts of the country. In addition, First Nations chiefs from Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have called for a day of action this Wednesday, including a stepped-up campaign of road and rail blockades. In previous weeks, aboriginals and their supporters have blocked international bridge and border crossings, strategic rail lines and major highways nation-wide, as well as mining and logging roads in Canada’s north. For their own part, Idle No More leaders have called for a global Day of Action on January 28. The escalation of Idle No More’s fight against chronic native poverty, inequality, the abrogation of treaty rights and environmental degradation comes in the wake of a series of events last week that have brought to the fore issues surrounding the historic oppression and dispossession of Canada’s native peoples, a renewed push by big business to develop huge northern fossil fuel and mineral deposits, and the growing social stratification amongst the native population itself.
(World Socialist Web Site)
posted: 1/19/13                   0       16
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1/14/2013  Native rights protest draws thousands in Canada
Thousands of people have held a protest rally in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta to show their support for the rights of indigenous people in the country. Chanting slogans and hitting drums, the protesters packed into West Edmonton Mall late Sunday to signal that they would continue protests in solidarity with the native rights movement "Idle No More". Organizers of the rally said that more than 2,500 people participated in the protest. "It's beautiful. It's a way for us to showcase our traditions, and our spirituality and our realities to the rest of people who occupy what is now Canada," said Quetzala Carson, a Native Studies student at the University of Alberta.
(Press TV)
posted: 1/19/13                   0       15

2/24/2011  Border deal raises sovereignty issues, ex-envoy says
A proposed border deal between Canada and the United States will mean a tradeoff between sovereignty and security, says a former ambassador to Washington. Michael Wilson, a retired diplomat and one-time Tory finance minister, told a defence and security conference there must be understanding, trust and confidence for the plan to work. The planned perimeter deal is aimed at increasing cooperation on security practices to fortify the North American border while allowing the unfettered flow of goods, people and services across the 49th parallel. “This border agreement does raise some very significant issues on sovereignty, on privacy, on the form of collaboration between both sides. Sharing of information is very important to being able to make this agreement work,” Wilson said Thursday.
(Toronto Star)
posted: 3/3/11                   0       13

8/7/2009  'Buy American' a priority at 'three amigos' summit
The global recession, climate change and the controversial Buy American program will be front and centre Sunday when North American leaders meet for two days of top-level talks in Guadalajara. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joins U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon Sunday to forge a joint path forward for clean energy and continental might against competing global powerhouses. The annual gathering, dubbed the “three amigos” summit after it debuted in 2005, is designed to craft a multi-year framework for security and prosperity for North America in the face of an international financial crisis. This time, though, the security and prosperity partnership and its streamlining of regulations is taking a back seat as the three leaders focus on the recession that has rocked the economies of all three countries. Harper is expected to take a strong stand against protectionist measures such as the U.S. Buy American plan which has hit some Canadian exporters hard. The Guadalajara summit comes only a few weeks after Canada angered Mexico by slapping visa requirements on Mexican visitors – a move designed to stem the growing tide of Mexicans claiming refugee status in Canada. Fighting the H1N1 flu virus, developing a common position on climate change and battling the growing problem of drug trafficking will also be on the agenda.
(Edmunton Sun)
posted: 11/6/10                   0       3

8/7/2009  US to discuss trade, drugs with Mexico and Canada
"The bottom line is that what affects our bordering neighbors has the potential to affect us all, so we want to be certain that we have the tightest and best possible cooperation," said National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones during a White House briefing with the news media. - The summit -- a part of the three nations' Security and Prosperity Partnership -- was established five years ago by leaders who are no longer in office, said Maureen Meyer, a Mexico expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, which promotes human rights and democracy in the region.
(London Guardian)
posted: 6/4/10                   0       11

7/18/2009  North American summit added to Obama's agenda
Statement from press secretary announces travel plans
(World Net Daily)
posted: 7/24/09                   0       15

7/10/2009  Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About 'Global Governance'
Gore touted the Congressional climate bill, claiming it “will dramatically increase the prospects for success” in combating what he sees as the “crisis” of man-made global warming
(Climate Depot)
posted: 7/17/09                   0       11

6/3/2009  Harper to Ignatieff: Don't send Canadians back to the polls: Prime Minister Stephen Harper "strongly advised" Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff Wednesday against bringing down the Conservative government. (CBC)
posted: 6/3/09                   3       23
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5/27/2009  Homegrown terror threat still real, Van Loan warns
Canadians would be naive to think the threat of terrorism is behind them
posted: 5/31/09                   5       23

2/19/2009  Obama raises Nafta renegotiation during first official visit to Canada
Environment issues noted at appearance with Stephen Harper - Barack Obama also warns of policies that hint at 'protectionism'
(London Guardian)
posted: 7/24/09                   0       7

1/1/2009  Top 25 of 2009: # 2 Security and Prosperity Partnership: Militarized NAFTA
Leaders of Canada, the US, and Mexico have been meeting to secretly expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with “deep integration” of a more militarized tri-national Homeland Security force. Taking shape under the radar of the respective governments and without public knowledge or consideration, the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)—headquartered in Washington—aims to integrate the three nations into a single political, economic, and security bloc. The SPP was launched at a meeting of Presidents George W. Bush and Vicente Fox, and Prime Minister Paul Martin, in Waco, Texas, on March 31, 2005. The official US web page describes the SPP as “. . . a White House-led initiative among the United States and Canada and Mexico to increase security and to enhance prosperity . . .” The SPP is not a law, or a treaty, or even a signed agreement. All these would require public debate and participation of Congress. The SPP was born in the “war on terror” era and reflects an inordinate emphasis on US security as interpreted by the Department of Homeland Security. Its accords mandate border actions, military and police training, modernization of equipment, and adoption of new technologies, all under the logic of the US counter-terrorism campaign. Head of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, along with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Finance Carlos Gutierrez, are the three officials charged with attending SPP ministerial conferences.
(Project Censored)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       2

11/6/2008  The Fraser Institute: Harper Government Must Move Quickly to Establish a Relationship With a Barack Obama Administration
For the past several years, Canada and the U.S. have been moving to integrate markets in the two countries, initially under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and more recently through the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). The ability for transactions to occur freely across the border has been a key engine of Canadian growth in the past two decades. In 2007, Canada's trade with the United States amounted to 67 per cent of its overall trade, or 40 per cent of GDP. But these gains could disappear if the new U.S. administration embraces more protectionist policies. "Given Obama's expressed hesitation for free trade agreements and his promises to seek more labour and environmental conditions in agreements such as NAFTA, Canada will likely face more than security demands from the new administration in bilateral negotiations on deepening trade," Moens said.
(Market Wire)
posted: 6/4/10                   0       5

6/18/2008  Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America home page (archive)
Joint Statement Prime Minister Harper, President Bush and President Calderón North American Leaders’ Summit April 22, 2008 SPP Background The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing. This trilateral initiative is premised on our security and our economic prosperity being mutually reinforcing. The SPP recognizes that our three great nations are bound by a shared belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions. The SPP provides the framework to ensure that North America is the safest and best place to live and do business. It includes ambitious security and prosperity programs to keep our borders closed to terrorism yet open to trade. The SPP builds upon, but is separate from, our long-standing trade and economic relationships. It energizes other aspects of our cooperative relations, such as the protection of our environment, our food supply, and our public health. Key Accomplishments Since August 2007 April 22, 2008
(Security And Prosperity Partnership Of North America)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       2

6/9/2008  Barack O’Bilderberg: Picking the President
Barack and Bilderberg, Bilderberg to Pick Obama’s Vice President, Don’t Forget McCain
(Global Research)
posted: 5/26/09                   2       28

4/20/2008  Trade the talk of summit, but controversy looms: Bush meets with North American leaders this week in New Orleans
With free trade issues looming large in the race to replace him, President Bush this week convenes his final North American Leaders' Summit, focusing on trade, economic and security issues with counterparts from Mexico and Canada. Bush is hosting Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in New Orleans for a two-day conference starting today. It is the fourth annual meeting of a summit that first convened in 2005 in Waco. "We'd like to enhance and strengthen an already dynamic and strong relationship, to deepen the cooperation by building on the common interests of our citizens," said Dan Fisk, senior director of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the National Security Council. "The North American relationship works; we believe it works well for all three countries, but we also believe we can make it work better."
(Houston Chronicle)
posted: 11/5/10                   0       4

4/15/2008  Montebello summit police face ethics complaint: Head of CEP union alleges officers disguised as protestors violated ethics code
A union leader has filed a complaint with the Quebec Police Ethics Commissioner regarding the conduct of police officers disguised as protesters at last summer's North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. Dave Coles, head of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, took part in the demonstration in August where three Sûreté du Québec officers dressed in black clothing and with bandanas over their faces were filmed carrying a rock and pushing through a line of riot police despite protesters' attempts to stop them. At a news conference Tuesday, Coles said he hopes the complaint he filed Friday will achieve two goals. "One is that we get to the bottom of who sent them in and why. Why were police sent in to disrupt a legitimate protest? I think Canadians need to know that. It's an affront against democracy," he said.
posted: 11/5/10                   0       2

4/3/2008  Protect Canada's water, Ottawa urged
Warning that most Americans see Canada as that "great green sponge up north," four organizations plan to issue a plea today to the Conservative government to protect the nation's water before it's too late. A study authored by the Polaris Institute, a public policy group, and obtained by the Star challenges "myths" about Canadian abundance and describes how the country lost control of its water to U.S. interests under the terms of binding trade deals, including the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Moreover, while U.S. Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama recently raised the spectre of Washington renegotiating NAFTA for its benefit, this report – done in co-ordination with the Canadian Labour Congress – underscores that Ottawa has the option of abrogating the deal if it can't establish control over water.
(Toronto Star)
posted: 11/5/10                   0       2

1/1/2008  Security And Prosperity Partnership Of North America Background
Launched in March 2005, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) is an ongoing dialogue that seeks to address common challenges, strengthen security and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
(Security And Prosperity Partnership Of North America)
posted: 11/27/10                   0       2

12/7/2007  NAFTA Superhighway Mid Continental Corridor is under way
The American Presidential candidates are discussing the existence of what is contained in the Manitoba Speech from the Throne and the Albertan North American Trade Corridors map. Americans concerned about their country losing sovereignty in a North American Union are circulating YouTubes contrasting the reality of the Speech, and Map, to the words of those denying the Superhighways' existence. Though our political system differs, Canadians will do well to watch the influence of these contributions from Canada as Americans select their next president. Will the person selected be following the denial policy of President Bush or charting a different course?
(The Canadian)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       2

11/6/2007  Que. provincial police spent $7 million on Montebello summit: One of a number of police and security forces ensuring protection at the Montebello summit bringing together North American leaders this year, the Quebec provincial police spent over $7 million on the event alone CanWest News Service has learned.
One of a number of police and security forces ensuring protection at the Montebello summit bringing together North American leaders this year, the Quebec provincial police spent over $7 million on the event alone CanWest News Service has learned. On Aug. 20 Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon convened in the Quebec town some 80 kilometres east of Ottawa for a two-day summit as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The initiative aims to deepen the integration of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Security was both tight and expensive, especially as a three-metre high fence was raised to surround Chateau Montebello where the meetings took place, to keep hundreds of protesters away. A number of local, provincial and federal police forces participated in the security effort on land, water and in the air, and for just one of them the bill climbed over $7 million according to an audit obtained by CanWest News Service through Quebec's access to information legislation. Figures for the others are not yet available. According to documents obtained from the audit bureau of the Surete du Quebec, $7,192,635 was spent by the provincial police force to help secure the event, most of it to make sure enough manpower was available. A total of $4,589,965 went to cover overtime during the summit and another $1,416,303 covered lodging, transportation and catering costs.
posted: 11/9/10                   0       2

10/1/2007  Prime Minister Harper officially endorses North American Union with Council of Foreign Relations visit
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appearance at the New York City based Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) on 25 September 2007, was an official endorsement and expression of solidarity on the North American Union agenda. Harvard University educated CNN Veteran anchor Lou Dobbs, has further confirmed the official endorsement of the Stephen Harper Minority Conservative government on North American Union, or "New America". Mr. Harper has been apparently directed by the principal funders of the Conservative Party of Canada, which are ideologically linked to the CFR, to assimilate Canada into a new "Fortress North America" which is controlled by the U.S. political-military-industrial complex by no later than 2010. Indeed, the Stephen Harper government has been reported to be in the process of getting various Canadian government departments and agencies to "harmonize", with U.S. governmental agencies, to expedite the assimilation of Canada into the neo-conservative vision of a "Fortress North America".
(The Canadian)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       3

8/27/2007  North American leaders do little to advance NAFTA
Two years ago, President Bush agreed with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to set up a so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership to look at ways of deepening the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that links their countries. Some detected a conspiracy to create a North American Union. They can relax: Talks last week at Montebello, a Canadian resort near Ottawa, among Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderón were "practical," according to the host. For example, Harper revealed that time had been spent discussing standardizing labels for jelly beans. Officials in all three countries have worked on similar attempts to harmonize rules on everything from food to how to respond to health scares and tainted imports. This is useful, no doubt, but so small-scale as to be almost invisible, which worries some people.
(Star Tribune)
posted: 11/8/10                   0       2

8/23/2007  N American trade, security meet wraps up
North American leaders wrapped up a two-day summit here on Tuesday, trumpeting consumer protections and other joint efforts, while dismissing charges of plotting to erode national sovereignty. The trilateral talks were "as cordial as they were constructive," said host Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, flanked by US President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon at a closing press conference. Canada, the US and Mexico are "independent and interdependent," Harper said. "And we're committed to working together on mutual security, continued economic growth and expanding our unique North American relationship." The partnership was launched at the first "Three Amigos" summit in Waco, Texas, in March 2005, but has been attacked by activists, labor groups and academics critical of its business focus.
(Taipei Times)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       2

8/23/2007  Quebec police admit they went undercover at Montebello protest
Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que
posted: 8/28/09                   0       14

8/22/2007  North American Leaders Conclude Talks About "NAFTA On Crack"
A summit of North American leaders has concluded in Montebello Quebec. On Tuesday President Bush praised NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. * President Bush: "And I think we made some good progress towards eliminating barriers and to harmonizing regulations to a point where more prosperity will come to be." President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon met in Montebellow to discuss an expanded version of NAFTA known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership. Canadian activist Jaggi Singh said "The Security and Prosperity Partnership is, in brief, NAFTA on crack combined with the fear and paranoia of Homeland Security policies." The three leaders also discussed border issues. * Mexican President Felipe Calderon: "We all want secure borders. We all also want efficient borders, borders that will allow a border crossing of those who build, who contribute and of course prevent border crossings of those who damage our societies, organized crime, drug trafficking and and illegal markets." In other news from the Canadian summit, protesters are accusing police of using undercover agents to provoke violent confrontations during the meeting.
(Democracy Now)
posted: 11/8/10                   0       2

8/22/2007  Undercover cops tried to incite violence in Montebello: union leader -- YouTube video shows union leaders trying to push back masked men
posted: 11/8/10                   0       2

8/20/2007  Analysis: Border issue to dominate summit
Business leaders from the United States and Canada hope the North American summit in Montebello, Quebec, this week will put efforts to integrate the two nation’s border control systems back on track. “The issue” of talks about a pilot project for a single frontier checkpoint where both U.S. and Canadian entry and exit formalities can be completed “will be part of the conversation,” Steven Nesmith, a former U.S. Commerce Department official now working as a lobbyist on border issues, told United Press International. He said the information came from U.S. officials involved in preparations for the summit. A Canadian official, Susan Cartwright, confirmed to reporters at a pre-summit briefing last week that the pilot -- called the land pre-clearance project -- was one of several border issues that “would likely be discussed” at the bilateral meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President George W. Bush Monday. The breakdown last April of talks about the pilot, mooted for the Peace Bridge -- which joins Fort Erie in Canada and Buffalo in New York state and is one of the busiest border crossings in the world -- has become something of a lightning rod for critics of the Department of Homeland Security, which pulled the United States out of negotiations on the issue after almost three years of talks. - Christopher Sands, an analyst at the Hudson Institute, said that the “very aggressive” U.S. attitude to security was also evident in the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership -- the trilateral process of keeping “our borders closed to terrorism yet open to trade,” according to its Web site. “The security part is a little different (from the prosperity agenda), it’s very U.S.-driven,” he said. “It’s basically just a matter of the U.S. setting the standards and then getting the Canadians and the Mexicans to sign up.” “That’s why they feel a little pushed,” he added, of Canada and Mexico.
(United Press International)
posted: 11/8/10                   0       2

8/20/2007  In Depth Security and Prosperity Partnership: SPP FAQs
To hear some people talk, the Security and Prosperity Partnership meetings are nothing to get worked up about. Thomas D'Aquino, of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, has said the issues discussed at the SPP are "quite important but frankly quite boring. They're not terribly exciting." David Bohigian, the American assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, told the magazine The Nation that the SPP is mostly concerned with bureaucratic minutiae and standards harmonization. "For instance, in the U.S., we sell baby food in several different sizes; in Canada, it's just two different sizes," he told the magazine. But if it's all boring bureaucracy and baby food jars, why are thousands of protestors expected to show up in Montebello, Que., a small town halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, for the third leaders' meeting under the SPP? - Who is opposed to the SPP? Opposition to the SPP exists in all three countries and on either end of the political spectrum. Progressive groups, particularly in Canada, say the SPP amounts to Canada's deep integration with the United States. The Council of Canadians says the SPP is anti-democratic, makes Canadians less secure and ties Canada to the U.S. "war on terror." The Council is also concerned about the SPP discussions about bulk water exports from Canada to the U.S. The NDP has said it has concerns about the SPP's "lack of transparency and democratic oversight." NDP trade critic Peter Julian has tabled a motion calling for public consultations and full Parliamentary oversight of the SPP. - On the Canadian government's website about the SPP, some of the agreement's accomplishments are listed: * Initiatives that make it easier to ship goods across the border. * Strategies to limit the impact of disasters and allow for a more co-ordinated international response and a faster recovery. * International co-operation on intelligence, law enforcement, transportation security and border management to help reduce criminal activity and terror risks. * Reduction of transit times by 50 per cent at the Detroit-Windsor gateway, the largest border crossing point between Canada and the U.S. Not listed is a planned "harmonization" of pesticide limits between Canada and the U.S., which would raise the acceptable level of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. The SPP's 2006 prosperity report identified "differences in pesticide maximum residue limits" as "barriers to trade."
posted: 11/8/10                   0       3

8/19/2007  Trade worries cloud Nafta talks: Plans to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) will take centre stage when the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico meet on Monday.
The 14-year old agreement, which has generated $700bn in cross-border trade, has come under increasing fire in the US where it is seen to have cost jobs. The trade deal is a cornerstone of a broad-ranging Security and Prosperity Partnership agreed by the trio in 2005. Thousands of protesters are gathering in Quebec ahead of the two-day summit. 'Big challenge' Police have established a 25km (15 mile) security cordon around the resort complex, a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, where President George W Bush, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper are to meet. Critics of Nafta and other free trade deals argue that they have destroyed jobs in poorer countries and damaged the environment.
posted: 11/7/10                   0       2

8/16/2007  Market woes, unsafe toys to feature in NAFTA talks: The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will discuss topics as diverse as the current turmoil on financial markets and the safety of Chinese-made toys when they meet near Ottawa next week.
The credit crunch, which has depressed markets globally, has nosed its way on to the agenda of a regular summit of the partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement: U.S. President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. "I'm quite confident that they will be having a wide-ranging discussion on the economy," Harper spokeswoman Sandra Buckler said on Thursday when asked if they would discuss market disruptions. The Aug 20-21 meeting in Montebello, Quebec, is formally to develop further the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" (SPP) of NAFTA countries -- which has become a red flag for activists on the left and the right who are convinced it means a European Union-style loss of sovereignty.
posted: 11/6/10                   0       3

8/10/2007  Canadian Broadcaster Avi Lewis on Maher Arar, the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership, Canadian Healthcare, and Argentina’s Worker Run Factories
Beginning on August 20, thousands of activists plan to converge in Montebello, Quebec to protest a meeting between President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Canadian broadcaster Avi Lewis discusses the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" and its connection to the rendition of Maher Arar.
(Democracy Now)
posted: 11/8/10                   0       2

7/23/2007  Canadians in the Dark About SPP Union with the USA and Mexico
The purpose of the Canada-USA-Mexico meeting in August, at Montebello, Quebec, is to ratify the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America In less than a month’s time, on August 20, the most powerful president in the world will be arriving in Montebello, Quebec, for a two-day conference. President George W. Bush will be meeting with Stephen Harper and their Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon. So far, the silence from the Canadian and American media has been deafening. Talk to 90 percent of people on the street and they won’t know about this upcoming conference, and if by a slim chance they do, they won’t know the purpose of the meeting or why the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in the dog days of summer under what amounts to a veil of secrecy.
posted: 11/8/10                   0       1

7/13/2007  Stop, Stop! A North American Union! As Some Stoke Fears of 'Dangerous' Partnership, Reality Takes a Detour
Those who celebrated immigration reform's defeat last month as "a glorious victory for the American people" have a new issue to exploit. Their target: the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, launched in March 2005 by the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Haven't heard of it? Well, those merchants of fear and exaggeration wish you had. According to them, the SPP will lead to a host of undesirable consequences, from a 10- to 12-lane highway splitting America's heartland from Mexico to Canada, to the elimination of America's borders and an "end (of) the United States as we know it," according to CNN's Lou Dobbs. One Web site,, depicts the ramifications with a graphic of North America in flames. Dobbs and others believe that the SPP is a "blueprint for the North American Union" and that next month's summit in Montebello, Canada, between President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will further consolidate the agreement and lead to the dissolution of U.S. sovereignty. As it turns out, the agenda for that meeting isn't so apocalyptic. The three North American leaders are expected to announce an integrated strategy to combat pandemics, with avian flu one of the central motivations. Also finalized should be what organizers call a "trilateral regulatory cooperation framework meant to enhance competitiveness, while maintaining high standards of health and safety." As far as an attempt to dissolve the U.S. and establish a North American Union, don't look for it in the summit's plans. There is no mention of erasing borders and establishing a separate legal system, adopting a single currency or creating a secret police. Unless, of course, the team of disease-fighting scientists somehow takes a wrong turn in Kansas City and transforms into a revolutionary army for the North American Union. In sum, the SPP doesn't pose much of a threat.
(Washington Post)
posted: 11/9/10                   0       4

7/11/2007  RCMP, U.S. Army block public forum on the Security and Prosperity Partnership
The Council of Canadians has been told it will not be allowed to rent a municipal community centre for a public forum it had planned to coincide with the next Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit in Montebello, Quebec on August 20 and 21. The Municipality of Papineauville, which is about six kilometres from Montebello, has informed the Council of Canadians that the RCMP, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the U.S. Army will not allow the municipality to rent the Centre Communautaire de Papineauville for a public forum on Sunday August 19, on the eve of the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership Leaders Summit. “It is deplorable that we are being prevented from bringing together a panel of writers, academics and parliamentarians to share their concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canadians,” said Brent Patterson, director of organizing with the Council of Canadians. “Meanwhile, six kilometres away, corporate leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada will have unimpeded access to our political leaders.”
(Council of Canadians)
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7/4/2007  OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Center Shouldn't Hold
IT'S just a red stake stuck in an anonymous spread of pasture 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D., a rodeo town of about 5,000 inhabitants. But it is also the geographical center of the United States of America, as defined by the National Geodetic Survey in 1959. Or at least it is for now. To find it, says Teresa Schanzenbach, executive director of the town's chamber of commerce, ''you have go into a ditch, cross a barbed-wire fence and maneuver amongst the cactus and cow pies.'' So, plans are that in August, the center of the nation is to be moved 20 miles south, and an eye-catching granite monument will be unveiled in Belle Fourche itself so that visitors can see it more easily. This may seem like a high-handed way to treat both geography and the United States itself. Certainly the implications reach well beyond Belle Fourche. Is the balance of the nation going to be affected? Will there be a seismic tilt towards Canada? And can we be sure that the center won't shift again? History certainly suggests that it will -- and within the foreseeable future. The event that made Belle Fourche the focal point of the nation's land mass was the admission of Hawaii and Alaska in 1959. Never have the frontiers of the United States remained fixed for so long. - Unlike the European Union, where six large nations jostle for power with 21 others of varying size, any North American model would inevitably be dominated by the partner whose population and economy are respectively almost three and six times bigger than those of the other two put together. It is significant that even at this early stage, all Security and Prosperity Partnership agreements have involved the United States, although often excluding one of the other two partners, and that American regulations are the norm for most of the partnership's 24 existing bilateral and trilateral agreements covering trade and security. In other words, folks like Mr. Dobbs and Representative Goode are facing in the wrong direction. The partnership is increasing rather than diminishing the scope of United States sovereignty. History is resuming its normal course. It may be slower than invasion or purchase, but the regulations and agencies needed to enforce them will pull Canada and Mexico within the reach of United States jurisdiction as effectively as any means that Seward envisioned. Meanwhile, the citizens of Belle Fourche would be well advised to make the new geographical center of the United States transportable. It may eventually need to travel to somewhere near Omaha.
(New York Times)
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6/14/2007  The border is an expensive barrier, new study concludes: The Canada-U.S. border is not our friend. That's the conclusion of a new Fraser Institute study written by author and Simon Fraser University political scientist Alexander Moens.
The Canada-U.S. border is not our friend. That's the conclusion of a new Fraser Institute study written by author and Simon Fraser University political scientist Alexander Moens. Canadian nationalists traditionally argue that the border is our last defence against cultural and economic absorption by the all-powerful, politically domineering U.S.A. But Moens presents a different, more pragmatic perspective, which has resonance in view of the panic associated with long waits for passports to enable Canadians to keep flying freely to their favourite destination.
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5/10/2007  Presidents of U.S., Mexico to attend Ottawa summit
U.S. President George W. Bush hopes to debunk a few negative misconceptions about post-9/11 North America when he arrives in Canada for a two-day summit this August. He and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will arrive at a rural hotel resort near Ottawa for a summit with Prime Minister Stephen Harper that begins Aug. 21, sources in two countries told The Canadian Press. The meeting has not yet been announced and the official agenda is still being finalized but U.S. officials are already fine-tuning the hopeful message they want to convey. They plan to combat impressions that the U.S. and its continental neighbours have been -- or should be -- locking down their borders after 9/11 to the detriment of trade and human relationships. "This is a region that works and that's a story that needs to be told,'' said one U.S. official.
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4/21/2007  Economic nationalism -- rest in peace
It's hard to take seriously Stéphane Dion's belated championing of Canadian economic nationalism. The Liberal leader caused consternation in the financial press when he showed up at the corner of King and Bay this week to decry federal government policies that he said were eating away at the country's economic sovereignty. The financial press need not worry. True, Dion did use a smattering of nationalist rhetoric. "Canada is not for sale," he said, in a speech that accused the Stephen Harper Conservatives of making it easier for foreigners to take over this country's companies. "I believe domestic ownership does matter ... I promise to ... protect our economic sovereignty." All of this got The Globe and Mail in quite a lather. One editorial warned that the ghost of Walter Gordon – the one-time federal finance minister who, until his death, symbolized the nationalist wing within the Liberal party – was stalking the land.
(Toronto Star)
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2/23/2007  'We agree to disagree' with U.S. on Arar: MacKayCanada and the United States "agree to disagree" on the status of Maher Arar, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said Friday alongside his U.S. counterpart, Condoleezza Rice. MacKay, Rice and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa spoke at a press conference in Ottawa following a day of high-level talks on a range of issues, including trade, security and flu pandemic response plans. (CBC)
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1/30/2007  Harper's letter dismisses Kyoto as 'socialist scheme'
"I'm talking about the 'battle of Kyoto' — our campaign to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto accord."
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1/12/2007  Canada unveils border security plan
Canada unveiled a major border security and prosperity initiative Friday, saying it would spend $431.6 million over the next five years to protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental threats, according to the Canada Border Services Agency's website. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day made the announcement at the Canada-U.S. border crossing between Windsor and Detroit, where one-third of the $1.6 billion in daily trade between the North American neighbors passes. "I even sometimes surprise my American friends when I remind them that the trade that comes across the Ambassador Bridge in total is greater than all of the trade that exists between the United States and Japan," Day told a news conference.
(Associated Press)
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5/1/2006  Harper launches Air India inquiry
The Conservative government has launched a full public inquiry into the investigation of the Air India bombing, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday. Harper said his government decided on the terms of reference for the inquiry after retired Supreme Court Judge John Major, who will lead the probe, consulted with family members of some of the victims. Harper said the "thorough and compassionate investigation" cannot find fault or repeat the criminal trials that have already taken place.
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