George Bush is coming to Canada . . . Stop the WAR! Stop the SPP!
This August, George Bush, Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be just 90 minutes from Montreal, in Montebello, Quebec. They are meeting at the Chateau Montebello, as part of the so-called “Security and Prosperity Partnership” (aka the “Three Amigos” Summit). They talk about “security” and “prosperity”, but their agenda really means insecurity and misery for working and oppressed peoples in the Americas.
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The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War(s) calls on the people of Québec, Canada and Toronto to reaffirm their opposition to the warmongering, anti-environmental and anti-democratic policies of the Security and Prosperity Partnership and join with the Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec à la Guerre to protest the SPP summit. More details to follow. Meanwhile . . .
June 14, 2007
No to War
No to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
On August 21 and 22, at Château Montebello, in the Outaouais region of Québec, the third meeting of the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico – Harper, Bush and Calderon – will take place to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec à la guerre denounce this partnership among the top business and political leaders of all three countries because it will not improve the security and prosperity of the people but will work against their aspirations. We call all peace supporting organizations and individuals to protest war and the SPP this August.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was signed by Prime Minister Paul Martin and Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush on March 23, 2005. Then came the second summit in Cancun, in March 2006, where Stephen Harper represented Canada. Media reporting of these meetings ignored the crucial issues at the heart of this “partnership”: the accelerated extraction and delivery of Canadian oil and water resources to the US economy; a deepening of economic partnership with the US conditional to a war-driven foreign policy; the pretext of “national security” to justify the secrecy surrounding the precise nature of the discussions and the deals made.
Guaranteeing and increasing the profits of the largest corporations
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, George W. Bush declared
That year, the only directive given to Paul Celluci, as he became US Ambassador to Canada, was
“[E]ither you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”.
to do whatever he could to bring about a major increase in Canadian military spending. During his term, he repeated relentlessly that, for the US, “security trumps trade”. The message was clear: unless Canada adopted the same “security” agenda as the US, our trade relations would suffer. It is in this context that, in January 2003, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) launched its North-American Security and Prosperity Initiative, in which it takes a stand in favour of the “smart border”, the secure flow of Canadian energy resources to the US, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), a major increase in military spending and interoperability of Canadian and US armed forces. In April 2004, in a policy document entitled New Frontiers: Building a 21st Century Canada-United States Partnership in North-America, the CCCE wholeheartedly embraced Bush’s credo: “The way that we and other countries respond to the relentless threat of terrorism and rogue states has vital implications for global economic growth just as it does for Canada’s future (…). In short, for Canada and for the world as a whole, economic security and physical security have become inseparable.” In April 2003 and 2004, the CCCE held its spring meetings in Washington, inviting several US military and political leaders to participate. (truncated. from nowar.ca)
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-Naomi Klein, GTA Activist