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No Security, Prosperity or Sovereignty for Canada in a North American Union

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Much of Canada's sovereignty has already been eroded, but a North American Union would be the final nail in the coffin for an independent nation. It used to be the NDP who championed preserving Canadian sovereignty, but they have become a shadow of their former selves, and it appears as if they have been taken over by the very same interests that they had sworn to fight and protect us from. For what it's worth, I have challenged the NDP to make this issue the pillar of their election platform. The Canadian Action Party (CAP), a little known party with limited resources, is putting the NDP (a national party) to shame, especially in regards to fighting and exposing the NAU agenda. Even with no current members in the House of Commons, the CAP may serve as a real alternative and play a big role in defeating the NAU and preserving an independent Canada for future generations to come.

Canadian municipal and provincial governments are themselves moving forward and advancing deeper integration. The private sector along with all levels of government are working together towards a more regional approach to governance. The Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) is helping to extend some of NAFTA's provisions, and is to be the model that will be followed throughout the rest of Canada. Under the TILMA, corporations would be able to sue municipal and provincial governments if they feel their investments have been restricted. This is further proof of the corporate takeover of Canada and the loss of sovereignty. A recent Conference Board of Canada report called for more economic integration with the United States. Its chief economist Glen Hodgson believes that Canada must join the U.S. and engage in more bilateral trade agreements with other regions and countries. He said that, “Canadian foreign policy with the United States should be geared to creating the right negotiating environment.” Although we are allies and huge trading partners with the U.S., Canada's foreign policy should be independent and reflect the best interests of its own citizens. It appears as if the release of this report is designed to give the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit to be held in Quebec on August 20th and 21st a boost, as there is growing resentment to this agenda in Canada.

The SPP's objectives include removing barriers and securing U.S. access to Mexican and Canadian natural resources. This will lead to the further corporate takeover of our resources, with more control of our oil and gas reserves in the hands of U.S. corporations. One half of Alberta's oil sands production is already U.S. owned. It will be the trinational elites in the private sector, and the American government who will benefit from a North American resource pact that would include energy and water. Connie Fogal, leader of the CAP, said that the SPP will begin, “the accelerated extraction and delivery of Canadian oil and water resources to the U.S. economy.” It is no secret that the U.S. has long since coveted Canada's fresh water. In April, the North American Future 2025 Project met and discussed water transfers, consumption, and artificial diversion of bulk waters. Leaked documents obtained by the Council of Canadians show that the Canadian government, along with some business elite, are actively discussing and pursing bulk water exports. Many believe that once this process starts, it will be next to impossible to stop. Canadians need to be aware of the SPP's plan to integrate and hand over more control of our natural resources to the Americans. Canada desperately needs a national water policy that would ban bulk water exports. A sovereign independent Canada must put our future needs ahead of U.S. corporate interests.

Our command structures are merging closer with the U.S., and Canadian forces are becoming more aggressive in their military operations. The governments tone and the language being directed towards other countries is becoming increasingly more hostile. Canada's military spending has dramatically increased over the last five years. There has been a shift away from its more traditional role as a peace keeping nation over the last 30 years, which has brought praise and respect from around the world. Canada may play a more active role in the war on terror, which could include participation in future American military operations. This could make us more vulnerable domestically. By further binding our economy and foreign policy with the United States, which calls for preemptive strikes and is burdened by the cost of these wars, we could also become less prosperous. The SPP is further advancing Canadian economic, social, cultural, security, and military assimilation into the United States. It is becoming increasingly clear that none of the other Canadian national parties are up to the challenge of protecting Canada's sovereignty and upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Therefore, we must find an alternative.

The Canadian Action Party (CAP) was founded in 1997 by Paul Hellyer, a former minister of defense under Lester B. Pearson. They promote Canadian nationalism and independence as well as monetary and electoral reform. They have called upon the Bank of Canada rather than the chartered banks to issue loans to the government. They oppose globalization and have called for the abolition of NAFTA. In 2003, Paul Hellyer resigned as leader after a failed merger proposal with the NDP. Connie Fogal, a lawyer, former teacher, and anti-globalization activist became leader in 2004. At their national convention in 2006, an upside down Canadian flag was flown as a signal of distress and resistance against the integration of Canada into a NAU. Fogal said, “The rapid integration of North America into one entity ruled by an unaccountable, unrepresented, and unelected group cabal of administrative executive branch officials is treason pure and simple.” The party has been blackballed by the corporate controlled media and it is through the internet and American alternative talk radio that their message is reaching Canadians. Under Fogal's leadership, the CAP has blossomed as a defender of Canadian sovereignty, and has become one of the leading forces fighting the NAU in this country. It is obvious by her writings and video presentations that she is well read and has a keen understanding of the issues facing Canada and the world. Unlike other political leaders, she is free to speak her mind and is not bound by party politics or special interests. In reference to her party, she stated, “Our challenge is to communicate that CAP is a real alternative, a vehicle saved for the people to use to assert and govern ourselves.”

As more Canadians become aware of the North American Union agenda, they realize that their own elected officials are intimately involved in this process and are being anything but honest with them. Grassroots organizations such as the Council of Canadians are opposing deep integration and are organizing protests to coincide with the SPP Summit in Quebec in August. The Council of Canadians is planning a public forum as well as a National Day of Action. To add insult to injury and to further illustrate how little sovereignty and freedom we have left, the RCMP, along with the U.S. Army, blocked the Council of Canadians from renting a municipal community center to hold their SPP forum in. There will be a 25 km security perimeter around the Chateau Montebello in Quebec where the SPP summit will be held. There is a strong backlash to the NAU agenda which could draw up to 10,000 protesters, and is an opportunity for Canadians to voice their displeasure. There will be no security, prosperity (only for a select few) or sovereignty for Canada in 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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