BUSH IS COMING to Montebello, Quebec
to talk FEAR, MONEY and FORTRESSES
with HARPER and Mexican President CALDERON
GIVE THEM THE WELCOME THEY DESERVE!
Find out More about the SPP – A Plan for Continental Integration
PUBLIC FORUM – SECURITY AND PROSPERITY FOR WHO?
Building an opposition to the Security and Prosperity
Partnership of North America
*Linda McQuaig – Author, Holding the Bully’s Coat: Canada and the US Empire
*Paloma Villegas – Organizer, Member of No One Is Illegal – Toronto
*Rogelio Cuevas – Mexican Activist, Member of OCAP
*Hassan Yussuf – Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
25 Cecil Street (South of College, East of Spadina)
Toronto Stop the SPP Committee: a coalition of groups and individuals working together to raise awareness and to oppose the SPP summit in August 2007.
The public forum is a space in which Toronto residents can learn more about the Security and Prosperity Partnership and the implications of continental integration. The event is part of the mobilization against the SPP leading up to the tri-state summit in Montebello, Quebec on August 20-21.
OPPOSE THE SPP
August 19 and 20, 2007
Ottawa, Montebello, and locally
Get on the Bus!
To get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa (August 19)
To get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa and then travel on to Montebello
(August 19-21). Cost: $60-$90 sliding scale (with donations we hope to offer subsidies soon).
Contact: E-mail your name, phone number and e-mail address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify whether you wish to go to only to the Ottawa demonstration on the 19th OR to Ottawa and then to Montebello or the day of action on the 20th.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPOSITION TO THE SPP:
What is the Security and Prosperity Partnership?
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was established in March 2005, at a summit of the Heads of State of Canada, the US, and Mexico held in Cancun.
The SPP is not an official treaty; it is not a law that will be debated in the House of Commons. As such, it has been able to escape public scrutiny, and has been negotiated by business and government representatives at meetings from which the press are excluded.
The founding premise of the SPP is that an agenda of economic free trade and national security will result in prosperity.
But prosperity for who?
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1994, it has brought wealth only to corporations and to a slim business class, while increasing poverty and displacement for the vast majority of people.
In Mexico, NAFTA has created a 6 million job deficit, and is responsible for the displacement of millions of farmers who have left their homes to find work elsewhere in the borderland maquilas, and in the US and Canada.
Meanwhile, the ‘War on Terror’ and the beefed-up national security apparatus has exacerbated insecurity and brought terror on the lives of millions of people locally and globally through immigrant raids, border militarization, foreign troop occupations, and repression of civil liberties and resistance movements.
The SPP is backed by a number of large US and Canadian corporations that profit massively from the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, as well as the war being fought against migrants on increasingly fortified, armed and surveilled borders.
The North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) was created in June 2006, one year after the SPP was launched so that corporate business leaders could advise government leaders of the three states and effectively direct the SPP process. The NACC ensures that the SPP process will carry on regardless of which political parties take power in Canada,
Mexico or the US. Harper appointed the Canadian members of the NACC in June 2006. They include the CEOs and Presidents of Home Depot; Scotiabank; Bell Canada Enterprises; Manulife Financial; Power Corporation of Canada; Ganong Bros. Limited; Suncor Energy Inc.; CN; Linamar Corporation; and Canfor Corporation.
US membership in the NACC includes the following corporations: Chevron; General Electric; Ford; General Motors; Lockheed Martin; Campbell Soup; Wal-Mart; FedEx; UPS; Merck and Co.; and Proctor & Gamble.
What does the SPP do?
The SPP uses the language of fear and terror to promote border militarization, the criminalization of migration, privatization and theft of indigenous land and resources, repression, impoverishment and displacement, and cooperation in wars and occupations that will further enrich these corporations.
Some of the initiatives being undertaken within the framework of the SPP include:
* The expansion of temporary worker programs to facilitate the exploitation of immigrant workers and drive down wages across the board.
* Adopting coordinated border surveillance technologies. Major contracts are given to military suppliers;
* Coordinating no-fly lists between the three countries;
* Increasing the use of biometric data, including digital fingerprinting to track refugee claimants across the three countries.
* Further integrating refugee policies. The Safe Third Country Agreement, implemented in December 2004 between the US and Canada, has resulted in at least a 40% decrease in refugee applications in Canada. Under the United
States-Mexico Voluntary Repatriation Program more than 35,000 persons have already been deported.
* Integrating US and Canadian military and police training exercises, and the expansion of The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) into a multiservice joint naval and land Defense Command.
* Harmonizing health and environmental regulations to lower standards and developing of a North American alternative to the Kyoto Protocol.
* Privatizing Mexico’s nationalized oil sector;
* Increasing production in Alberta’s oil sands five times over;
* Pushing for full exploitation of Canadian energy resources in areas where it is already being actively opposed by the Lubicon, Dene, and other indigenous communities.
Take Action to Oppose the SPP!
Demonstration in Ottawa
Sunday, August 19 @ 12:30PM
Demonstrations in Montebello
Sunday, August 19 @ 6PM
Monday, August 20 @ 12PM
Gather at the Chateau Montebello (or as close as possible)
And be on the look out for local actions
On the the National Day of Action against the SPP
Monday, August 20