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Those pushing for a North American Union fully realize that the time might have come to pull the plug on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and replace it with something else. It’s hardly surprising that pro-SPP reports are being released ahead of the Leader Summit in New Orleans. This agenda is on the defensive and the timing of the reports is in an effort to shift public opinion and save the SPP.

The Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, recently published the report Saving the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership: The Case for a North American Regulatory Area. Not only do they want to save the SPP, but they wish to expand and speed up the process of deeper integration. This could include replacing the SPP with the North American Standards and Regulatory Area (NASRA). As if changing the name would alter its objectives and excuse the treasonous surrender of our sovereignty.

Political Scientist and co-author of the report, Alexander Moen, acknowledges that NASRA would include further economic integration beyond free trade, but tries to ease concerns that it would not lead to political integration. The SPP is already merging our health, food safety, energy, and environmental regulations into a North American structure. If the SPP was the next step to NAFTA, why wouldn’t the next logical move be to expand from economic and security to include political integration using the European Union as the model?

Proponents of the SPP believe that it is misunderstood, and Moens said, “This confusion around what the SPP stands for has skewed public perception. Governments need to redefine the process and articulate specific goals for partnership.” He went on to say, “Somehow a combination of left-wing economic nationalists in Canada and right-wing protectionists in the US have turned the SPP into a supranationalist conspiracy theory.” The level of desperation to save the SPP has many still clinging to the North American Union as being a fabricated conspiracy. This is a blatant attempt to mislead and deceive the public.  

The report also calls upon further expanding the role of business inside the SPP process. Stuart Trew of the Council of Canadians said, “These recommendations, put into government practice, would intensify the privatization of public policy envisioned in the SPP.” This would mean putting more power into the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. First of all, a mandate from the people is required in order to proceed any further, and there should more public involvement and governmental accountability. All those involved need to be honest and open about the true intentions of the SPP.

The SPP has been a public relation’s nightmare and is unraveling. It may have outlived its usefulness under its current structure. Still, many wish to save, expand, and continue to use it as a vehicle to further advance a North American Union.

 

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Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues.

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We don't want or need a "Union". Jus... by Archie on Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 11:49:10 AM