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Bringing the SPP Out of the Shadows

Tim McSorley’s article on the Security and Prosperity Partnership(SPP) is available at The Dominion, an excerpt of which is below:

Pesticide limits are barriers to trade that must be eliminated. Integrated, high-tech border and secretive security measures are needed to ensure our safety against terrorists. Closed-door meetings between the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the US are advised only by a panel of 30 top CEOs from each country.

At first glance, many may dismiss this list as the fears of the isolationist far-Left, what New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman derided as the new Flat-Earthers who would deny the supremacy of globalization. But for those who are following the movements of the Security and Prosperity Partnership(SPP), these fears are slowly becoming a reality –- one that takes its next form at the so-called “Three Amigos” summit in Montebello, Quebec.

On August 20 and 21, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will meet in this small resort town to discuss the next steps of the SPP. And while many Canadians have never heard of the partnership, activists from across North America are planning to make their presence felt at the “3 Bandidos” summit and hope to shed some light on what many are describing as ‘NAFTA Plus’.

…Because the SPP is not a formal treaty, but rather an ongoing round of discussions between various government officials on everything from border security to the further elimination of perceived barriers to trade, the partnership does not need to be approved or discussed in parliament or go before public hearings. Its meetings, like the one being held in Montebello, are held behind closed doors. The only official consultative body was formed in 2006. The North American Competitiveness Council(NACC) consists of 30 top businesspeople, 10 from each country, who serve as advisors on the policy being developed and discussed at the various SPP meetings (other encounters under the auspices of the SPP are held regularly by lower-level members of cabinet on issues of trade and security). The Canadian SPP website heralds this body for ensuring the private sector’s voice is heard in these ongoing discussions, but remains silent on what role the public’s voice should play in these discussions.

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