NDP's Peter Julian Fights for Full Disclosure of Agreements on NAU
NDP demands accountability from Harper
OTTAWA – NDP International Trade Critic, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), along with Teresa Healy, spokesperson for the Canadian Labour Congress and Jean-Yves Lefort, spokesperson for Common Frontiers, declared that they will be redoubling their collective efforts to halt the stealth takeover of Canada by the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), and to bring this corporate agenda to the public’s attention.
“This is the giving away of Canada’s command to the U.S, Republican administration and to North America’s largest corporations,” stated Julian. “We are seeing this with the Softwood Lumber Agreement and with the Canadian Wheat Board, as well as in a variety of other sectors. Stephen Harper is following the legacy of Paul Martin and the Liberal Party and is willing to give anything away in pursuit of so-called good Canada-U.S. relations.
”Current Conservative cabinet ministers, former ministers from the previous Liberal governments, officials from Canada, Mexico and the US, North America’s top corporate executives and top military brass met at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on September 12-14, 2006. Neither the general public from all three countries nor the media were informed about this meeting. The Harper government has so far refused to release any information. The event was organized by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
The SPP was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral initiative to fast-track the integration of Canada and Mexico with the United States through the harmonization of 300 common areas of legislation and regulations. Since Paul Martin, Vicente Fox and George W. Bush signed the Security and Prosperity Partnership, discussions on their continental integration have gone underground.
“Through the SPP, business and government executives are meeting in secret to deepen the de-regulation and competitive pressures that undermine labour rights, decent wages and working conditions. Workers want to know - what happened to democracy?” stated Teresa Healy.
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I am not a "Dipper" but I think it is important that we stand behind any politician who puts the best interests of Canada and its' people first. It's Thanksgiving. Let's thank him for having the guts to bring this up and maybe more people, people in the the parties you endorse will do the same.
Just for today put party politics aside and put Canada first.
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