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SPP Summit Hangover – The North American Union Agenda Continues

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The Security and Prosperity Partnership summit has come and gone, and for many it was the first time they had heard of the SPP or a North American Union. Some in the Canadian media did expose the SPP's lack of transparency, while others continue to downplay its importance. Awareness and opposition in Canada is at an all time high, and we must ensure that this issue remains at the forefront. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is at a disadvantage with a minority government, therefore it remains in his best interest to keep the SPP process as secretive as possible. This may be increasingly more difficult to do as it has seen the light of day. Just as the Free Trade Agreement was the defining issue in the 1988 Federal election, the SPP could make or break Harper and the Conservatives. Unfortunately, little would change under a Liberal government as it was then former Prime Minister Paul Martin who first agreed to the SPP initiative. Although some of the names have changed, the agenda remains the same.

We are living in the first stages of a NAU, and the police state images from the summit were disturbing. We can expect more of the same if we don't defeat this evil. The scenes were reminiscent of a fascist tyrannical state with police in riot gear and checkpoints everywhere. Intimidation was used to try and quell dissent, and as a result many were discouraged from protesting and exercising their right to free speech. Just as some had warned of the possibility of provocateurs, including myself, it appears as if a video on You Tube lays proof to this claim. It shows a small crowd of mostly middle-aged peaceful protesters holding a line and exposing some anarchist as possible provocateurs. One of the so called anarchists had a rock in his hand, and there can be little doubt that his intentions were to provoke an incident. CEP union president Dave Coles is the one at the center of the video and said, “I accused them of being police, and every time I yelled at them that they were police, you could tell by their facial expressions that they were really troubled.” If a riot or other violence would have occurred, at that point police would have had their excuse to move in break up all protests and begin arresting and beating up the demonstrators. Some of the other anarchists also began pointing out three individuals as police. What was Harper's response to all the protests? “I've heard it's nothing,” and he went on to say, “A couple hundred? It's sad.” There were also protests and rallies held all across Canada, and you can be sure that the next time demonstrations will be even bigger. What's really sad, Stephen, is how this whole traitorous process has been kept a secret, and how Canadians have been lied to by you and other elected officials.

With the SPP summit being held in Canada and the media frenzy it created, it forced the Liberals to break their silence on this issue. They released their blueprint for the SPP. After almost eight months as leader, and now Stephane Dion is suddenly concerned about Canadian sovereignty and bulk water exports. It was hardly convincing, and his criticism of the Harper government is hypocritical, since it was his own party who began this process over three years ago. Some of the faces have changed, but the goal of a NAU continues. The SPP hasn't missed a beat under the Harper government, and in regards to its agenda, it was an almost seamless transition. Harper follows in the line of other Prime Ministers like Mulroney, Chretien, and Martin, who have all played their part in selling out Canada. Under a Liberal government, nothing would really change.

The SPP is the framework in which a NAU is being created, and it is the bureaucrats along with working groups who are making it happen. There is no mistake about the fact that it is being driven by the corporate elite. Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, said, “This is not about security for people, social security, security for the poor, environmental security. This is about security for big corporations for North America.” It was reported that the multinational business agenda would be a driving force at the summit. A NAU will only further deepen deregulation, undermine labor rights, and lead to the privatization of our social programs and natural resources. It is the final push in the corporate takeover of North America. Those who support this agenda because they think that it is purely economic integration are misinformed. They need to look at the example of the European Union and how it was created.

Like a drunk who has gone on a two-day bender, I woke up the other day with an SPP hangover. Hundreds of articles were written in the last week, and for the first time some key issues and concerns did see the light of day. There has been a rash of letters to the editor warning of the dangers of the SPP and a NAU. The dam has broken, and even those attempting to pooh-pooh this whole agenda have been forced to break their silence. Those in the alternative media and bloggers alike must keep the NAU front and center. At the closing press conference in Montebello, Bush dismissed the NAU and called it a conspiracy theory. Harper talked about a common jellybean for all of North America. It appears as if the strategy is to further downplay, spin, and deny its very existence, continuing to ridicule and intimidate those who believe that a NAU is being created. Hopefully we can build upon this new momentum and continue to wakeup and educate the public to the horrors of a NAU.

We might not know the specifics of what was discussed at the SPP summit, but what we do know is that it still remains a threat to our sovereignty. This greed-driven corporate agenda will further shape our lives politically, economically, socially, and environmentally. Just the fact that it is clouded in secrecy should be enough to serve as a warning. Those exposing the NAU are often accused of fear- mongering by the very same people who are doing likewise with terrorism and now global warming. If anything, I understate things, and I know that they are far worse than I or others report. The enemies of freedom, sovereignty, and national independence are many, but by defeating the North American Union, it will go a long way in trying to reverse the destructive cycle of globalization.


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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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