Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting/North American Union shuts out Council of Canadians

RCMP, U.S. Army block public forum on the Security and Prosperity Partnership

The Council Of Canadians has been told it will not be allowed to rent a municipal community centre for a public forum it had planned to coincide with the next Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit in Montebello, Quebec on August 20 and 21.

The Municipality of Papineauville, which is about six kilometres from Montebello, has informed the Council of Canadians that the RCMP, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the U.S. Army will not allow the municipality to rent the Centre Communautaire de Papineauville for a public forum on Sunday August 19, on the eve of the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership Leaders Summit.

“It is deplorable that we are being prevented from bringing together a panel of writers, academics and parliamentarians to share their concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canadians,” said Brent Patterson, director of organizing with the Council of Canadians. “Meanwhile, six kilometres away, corporate leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada will have unimpeded access to our political leaders.”


Apparently what the Council of Canadians is experiencing here is trickled down from Bilderberger transparency as prescribed by the Bu$h administration.

On the US Chamber of Commerce web site on Feb. 23, 2007, the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) gave Initial Recommendations for the priorities of the coming SPP meeting in Ontario. The SPP defined 300 "priorities" for action. Having 300 priorities is clearly too many. Moving forward, we saw we needed to focus the process and develop a real priority list.

This is a very open and transparent process. Literally hundreds of companies, sectoral associations, and local chambers of commerce have helped prepare our recommendations. No one has ever been turned away. This has made the process extremely robust, and it has only sharpened our focus on practical steps forward for North America.

The three governments established the NACC to collect guidance from the private sector. Members were charged with helping the governments focus their efforts by applying a cost-benefit analysis to the ideas on the table in order to "prioritize the priorities."

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