Coincidentally, I wrote a letter to the Toronto Star yesterday about Harper’s SPP plans for Canada. In my letter, I castigated the mainstream media — including the Star — for their failure to report about the odious, secretive meeting next month in Montebello, Que., that would begin the deep integration process and make us the 51st State of the US of A right under our ignorant noses. Today, I see that one of my favourite columnists, the illustrious, outspoken Linda McQuaig wrote a very compelling article about that very topic:
Continental integration on the march
Jul 10, 2007 04:30
It’s a great irony that, while the United States has probably never been less popular among Canadians than in the era of George W. Bush, plans to integrate Canada more deeply into the U.S. have been proceeding at a brisk clip.
The threat of Canada being absorbed into the U.S. has traditionally provoked strong reactions here, as the pitched electoral battles over the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1980s and ’90s attest.
But the issue seems to have largely disappeared in recent years, leaving the impression that the push for deeper integration has stopped or that Canadians no longer care about it. Neither is true.
Rather, what’s happened is that those pushing for deeper Canada-U.S. integration – principally members of the corporate elite on both sides of the border – have become more sophisticated in their strategy. Rather than loudly trumpeting their agenda, they’ve made their push largely invisible.
Their latest vehicle is the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Since it was officially launched by the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico in March 2005, it’s operated largely under the radar, even though it deals with some of the most important issues a nation faces – national security and energy, as well as trade.
Harper is selling Canada under the radar. By the time the politicians and the people notice it, we shall have been integrated for good. This thing is the most vital issue for Canada; bigger than Afghanistan, neo-con government or anything else. Harper means to sell us lock stock and barrel to the US, to his ideal government. Remember he called Canada a “third rate socialist country” only a few short years ago. In reality it makes sense unfortunately, because if the US currency drops 30% of its value in the next few years and Canada’s dollar goes up by that much we are a dead duck. 85% of our trade is with the US and if the dollar is $1.35 we will not be able to sell any of our stuff to the States, they will not be able to afford it. So they are working on integrating the currency as well. If that happens we will be the de facto 51st State and all our laws and customs will be eradicated to be harmonized with the US. Our only salvation, as I see it, is to get out of NAFTA, start to control our natural rescources and diversify trade with other countries as soon as possible. If we get out of NAFTA we have a fighting chance, but we have to get rid of this quisling government first. Then convince the other parties to stand firm against this takeover. Unfortunately, we always have to try to appease the Americans; they have been eyeing us with envy for a long time.
I personally have no desire to live in an American paradise, with their sick laws and ultra-violent society. Do you?