Monopolies hail North American 'partnership'

HALIFAX (16 April 2005) -- REPRESENTATIVES of the monopolies in Canada and the United States are strongly backing the March 23rd summit between Prime Minister Martin, US President Bush and Mexican President Fox, the executive decree on North American partnership and the plans to hold regular summits.

Nancy Hughes Anthony, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the partnership decree is "a very positive step in moving forward on key economic and trade issues that will ensure a more competitive and prosperous North America."

The ubiquitous CEO of all the CEOs, Thomas d'Aquino, head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, was bubbling over in his enthusiasm saying the partnership agreement is a "quantum leap forward for the continent, one that will improve the safety and economic well-being of Canadians and of our neighbours in North America."

A spokesperson for the US empire-builders, Nelson W. Cunningham, writing in the Houston Chronicle demanded that the summits be concretized as regular yearly affairs: "Same Time, Next Year: Let's Make Summit Annual Event -- Move Would Help Keep North America Competitive."

Cunningham is part of the inner circle of the US governing system. He is managing partner of the international advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates. He was special adviser for the Western Hemisphere to President Bill Clinton, and is a member of a Council on Foreign Relations task force on North America whose report is expected later this spring.

Cunningham is particularly concerned with forging a United States of North American Monopolies to compete with the other large blocs and extend the US Empire. He sees a North American fortress, where the monopolies can rely on the abundant raw materials from Mexico and Canada, especially energy, and the power of a technologically advanced US military to smash and overwhelm the competition.

Cunningham writes in the Houston Chronicle:

"The European Union has grown from 15 to 25 nations, bringing 450 million people into the world's largest marketplace. China has emerged as a regional and global economic powerhouse and is using its new might to forge closer political ties with neighbours in Asia. And in South America, giant Brazil is carefully herding countries together into alliances that could dominate global trade in precious commodities.... How can we keep North America competitive in a world of increased regional blocs? Make this North American summit an annual event.... Summits drive national and international agendas -- nothing concentrates a policy-maker's mind more than ensuring his president or prime minister comes away from meetings with positive press and meaningful results....

"The venerable G7/G8 summits of industrialized nations have served an equally important function since 1975, ensuring that the world's economic powers carefully coordinate on financial and political matters. Not too subtly, these summits also announce to the world that there is in fact a club of seven nations that are the world's economic powers....

"Experience shows that yearly summits best create the structures and public awareness to actually get things done....

"The three nations of North America share a great deal more than geography. Their 430 million citizens are becoming increasingly intertwined by ties of commerce, culture and community, helping to drive $2 billion in trade across our shared borders every day. What all three nations need now is a regional economy that can prosper in an evermore competitive world.... Only a sustained trilateral effort can deliver real gains.

"Citizens of the United States, Mexico and Canada need to view their neighbours ... as partners in an increasingly cut-throat global economy. Seeing their leaders standing together year after year, talking about North America as a region of common interests and cooperative efforts, and discussing substantive policy proposals ... is a key step."

Mexican President Vincente Fox echoed his enthusiasm for fortress North America: "We are talking about a partnership; that is the key word. All of us have a sense of urgency. We want to make North America the most competitive area in the world."

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