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Security and Prosperity Partnership summit near Ottawa

(21 June 2007) - CANADIANS are organizing actions in central Canada to oppose the visit to Canada of war criminal and US President George W. Bush and the meeting of Bush with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico's imposed President Felipe Calderon at the Chateau Montebello in the Outaouais on August 21 and 22.

The meeting is to further impose the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The SPP was originally signed by Prime Minister Paul Martin and Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush on March 23, 2005. The second summit was held in Cancun, in March 2006, where Stephen Harper represented Canada.

Political experts say the SPP represents the tightening US grip over our natural resources especially to provide itself with a secure and cheap source of oil and natural gas, but also water, electricity and raw materials.

For Canadians this conception of "security" and "prosperity" in its economic, political and military spheres frankly means submitting to the dictate of the North American monopolies.

On the military front, "partnership" simply means the deployment of Canadian troops as one of the US Army's divisions in US adventures, for Canada to take a leading role in NATO's occupation of Afghanistan so as to free up US forces to intensify its brutal occupation of Iraq, and for a free rein for US forces to operate within Canadian waters and on Canadian soil according to the "Fortress America" strategy, under various pretexts, as the "Frontier Sentinel" massive exercise off the coast of Nova Scotia once again demonstrates.

On Wednesday, another three Canadians were killed near Kandahar, bringing the number of Canadians dead to sixty who have been needlessly sacrificed in this venture. Canadian military chiefs have predicted the deployment can last as long as twenty years.

Shunpiking Online is reproducing below the releases of several organizations concerning the Montebello Summit for the information of our readers.

Lay out the "Unwelcome Mat" for George Bush,Felipe Calderon and Steven Harper at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)

THE Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) and Collectif Échec à la guerre are jointly calling for demonstrations to coincide with the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit in August.

The CPA is urging its member groups to, wherever possible, join demonstrations and other events that will be happening in Ottawa and Montebello and if travel is not possible to demonstrate against war and the SPP in your home towns. Please send us the details of your events to post on the website.

The details of events in Ottawa and Montebello are still TBA yet we do know that there will be a mass rally in Ottawa on the 19th of August, teach-ins and other events on the 20th and demonstrations at the summit site on the 21st. Some groups have already started booking buses to get to the rally on the 19th. Book your time off work now so that you can take part in all three days of events.

Please check the CPA website www.acp-cpa.ca for details. For more info on the SPP please check the Council of Canadians website at www.canadians.org

See you all in August.

Peace, Sid Lacombe Coordinator Canadian Peace Alliance
Tel: 416-588-5555
Fax: 416-588-5556

No to War! No to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America!

ON AUGUST 21 AND 22, at Château Montebello, in the Outaouais region of Québec, the third meeting of the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico -- Harper, Bush and Calderon, will take place to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec à la guerre denounce this partnership among the top business and political leaders of all three countries, because it will not improve the security and prosperity of the people but will work against their aspirations. We call all peace-supporting organizations and individuals to protest war and the SPP this August.

The SPP was signed by Prime Minister Paul Martin and Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush on March 23, 2005. Then came the second summit in Cancun, in March 2006, where Stephen Harper represented Canada. Media reporting of these meetings ignored the crucial issues at the heart of this "partnership": the accelerated extraction and delivery of Canadian oil and water resources to the US economy; a deepening of economic partnership with the US conditional to a war driven foreign policy; the pretext of "national security" to justify the secrecy surrounding the precise nature of the discussions and the deals made.

Guaranteeing and increasing the profits of the largest corporations

In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, George W. Bush declared "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." That year, the only directive given to Paul Celluci, as he became US ambassador to Canada, was to do whatever he could to bring about a major increase in Canadian military spending. During his term, he repeated relentlessly that, for the US, "security trumps trade." The message was clear: unless Canada adopted the same "security" agenda as the US, our trade relations would suffer.

It is in this context that in January 2003 the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) launched its North-American Security and Prosperity Initiative, in which it takes a stand in favour of the "smart border," the secure flow of Canadian energy resources to the U., Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), a major increase in military spending and interoperability of Canadian and U.S. armed forces. In April 2004, in a policy document entitled "New Frontiers: Building a 21st Century Canada-United States Partnership in North-America," the CCCE wholeheartedly embraced Bush's credo: "The way that we and other countries respond to the relentless threat of terrorism and rogue states has vital implications for global economic growth just as it does for Canada's future (...). In short, for Canada and for the world as a whole, economic security and physical security have become inseparable." In April 2003 and 2004, the CCCE held its spring meetings in Washington, inviting several US military and political leaders to participate.

On to War!

Change in the international role of the Canadian Forces towards offensive operations in partnership with the US military has taken place gradually, over the last 15 years, without any public debate or awareness. In February 2005, it was made official in the Liberal government's budget, announcing the greatest increase in military spending since the end of World War II ($12.8 billion over five years). The following month, echoing the demands of the powerful Canadian corporate lobby and adopting their proposals almost to the word, the SPP was signed. The real significance of this "partnership" would become clearer over the following months.

On April 19 2005, the new International Policy Statement of the Martin government announced its intention to increase regular forces by 5,000 members and reserves by another 3,000, as well as to double the rapid deployment capacity of the Canadian military for missions abroad. And in July 2005, it was announced that the Canadian intervention in Afghanistan would move from Kabul to Kandahar, and that starting in February 2006, an extra 1,400 soldiers would be sent to that area. This news was accompanied by declarations by the new Chief of Defence Staff, Rick Hillier, rejoicing at the thought of hunting down terrorist "scumbags" and to see the Canadian Forces finally doing their real job of being "able to kill people."

Anti-democratic policies

Granting the wishes of Canada's largest corporations -- those who also benefit the most from military and "security" contracts -- the Government of Canada has forced on the people a war-making foreign policy that the majority continues to reject. Furthermore, as was revealed a few months ago, in the name of that same partnership, the goal of increasing fivefold the production of oil in the Alberta tar sands by 2030 has been decided. This makes even more ludicrous the recent Conservative government statements of seriously wanting to address the issue of greenhouse gases and to follow the spirit of the Kyoto Protocol. On this issue, the gap between government policies and the will of the people is even more obvious.

This third SPP summit will bring together a US president whose policies are backed by hardly a quarter of his own people, a Mexican president whose election is highly disputed, and a Canadian Prime Minister heading a minority government. The deals they will make in Montebello, with no parliamentary debate or public discussion, will have no legitimacy. The Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec à la Guerre therefore call on the people of Québec and Canada to reaffirm their opposition to the warmongering, anti-environmental and anti-democratic policies of the Security and Prosperity Partnership and to protest the SPP summit.

No to Wars of Occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan

No to the Accelerated Destruction of Our Planet

No to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

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