Coundown to Montebello!

Countdown to Montebello!

The Security and Prosperity Partnership Leaders Summit in Montebello, Quebec, is fast approaching and the opposition to deep integration has never been stronger.

Council of Canadians activists are putting the final touches on events across the country to coincide with the Leaders Summit. Meanwhile, our historic public forum on the eve of the SPP summit has come together beautifully. Not only are we bringing together a tri-national panel of prominent citizens who oppose the SPP, but we have secured MPs from all three Canadian opposition parties, as well as Green Party leader Elizabeth May, to debate the issue.

Also, thanks to public pressure, the RCMP and Quebec police appear to have eased security restrictions to allow a peaceful protest to take place close by the Chateau Montebello.

Finally, the Council has brand new reading material on the SPP available on our website. Read how the SPP affects democracy, energy, water, security, war and public health, and on what you can do to help fight deep integration!

Public rally against the SPP
The Council of Canadians will be participating in a family-friendly rally, sponsored by the Outaouais-Ottawa Stop the SPP Coalition, on Sunday August 19, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council, will start the rally off on Parliament Hill, followed by a March to the U.S. embassy and back.

Public forum on the SPP
The Council of Canadians has just finalized the details of its public forum. Following on the heels of the massive rally on Parliament Hill, civil society leaders will be joined by members of every opposition party to discuss the ramifications of the SPP for Canadians, Americans and Mexicans.

You can download the poster for this event here: http://www.canadians.org/integratethis/summit/Forum_Aug07.pdf and a bilingual handbill here: http://canadians.org/integratethis/summit/SPP_Forum_handbill.pdf.

When: Sunday August 19, 4:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Where: Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa

Speakers:

  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
  • Gustavo Iruegas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Legitimate Government of Mexico
  • Michèle Asselin, Fédération des femmes du Québec / RQIC
  • Michael Byers, author, Intent for a Nation: What is Canada for?
  • Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel, anti-war activist
  • (TBA, a speaker on tri-national energy issues)

Political panel:

  • Bonnie Brown, MP, Liberal Party health critic
  • Serge Cardin, MP, Bloc Québécois trade critic
  • Peter Julian, MP, New Democratic Party trade critic
  • Elizabeth May, Green Party leader
  • (Conservative MPs have been invited, but to date have declined)

The public forum is organized by The Council of Canadians, The Canadian Labour Congress, The Canadian Union of Public Employees, The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Common Frontiers-Canada, The Quebec Network on Continental Integration, Canadian Auto Workers Union, Public Service Alliance of Canada and the National Union of Public and General Employees.

Come and find out what they are not telling you about the SPP!

National Day of Action against the SPP
The Council of Canadians will be organizing a National Day of Action Against the SPP on August 20. This will allow people across Canada to “plug in” to the resistance at the Montebello summit. Council of Canadians’ chapters will be organizing public forums and community picnics, lobbying of Members of Parliament, distributing handbills, and speaking to the media. Click here to see information about events across the country as details develop.

Protest in Montebello
While some coalition partners are planning to maintain a constant presence in Montebello for the duration of the Leaders Summit, the Council of Canadians has been working with the Ottawa-Outaouais Stop the SPP Coalition to plan a family-friendly protest in Montebello on Monday August 20. Buses and cars will be leaving Ottawa at 9:30 and returning at 4 p.m. Groups are asked to come with creative visuals, banners, costumes and noisemakers. Food is being arranged. Get the full details at www.stopspp.ca.

For more information on the SPP, or on events planned around the next SPP summit, please visit www.integratethis.ca.

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