8.17.2007

spp

Massive protests are expected in Ottawa this weekend and early next week, as the Resident and Mexican president Felipe Calderon join Stephen Harper for the Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting at Ch√Ęteau Montebello.

When we attended our first meeting of the War Resisters Support Campaign, organizers were putting the final touches on the group's bus trip to Ottawa, to table, sell t-shirts and other do awareness-raising activities. For the support campaign, this is more an opportunity to reach a large group of potential supporters than to protest SPP itself (although I would imagine for many individual members, it is both).

As you know, I don't worry about Deep Integration or North American Union. I'm not opposed to globalization, only to disregard for labour conditions, the environment and health and safety standards. I also don't worry about these three leaders turning Canada into the 51st state. This has supposedly been on the verge of happening for years, even decades. I tend to agree with this news story that sees integration as a political lost cause, at least for now.

I wish the protesters lots of luck, though. The more people shouting at these guys, the better.

12 comments:

James said...

The fun thing is that there's now a "Deep Integration" paranoia movement in the US as well, which insists that NAFTA is just the first step in handing US sovereignty over to Canada and Mexico (as if we'd want it!) and that the SPP is a big part of the plan.

One especially amusing part of the paranoia is the NAFTA Superhighway, a "four football-fields wide" highway that would run from ports in Mexico up to Canada, thereby cutting California out of the shipping loop, planned during the Clinton years and advanced secretly by Bush & Co.

The only problem is that there is no such thing. What there is is a map of the "NASCO Corridor", a collection of existing highway shipping routes that was put together by NASCO, an non-profit organization with about three employees who promote infrastructure enhancements along the corridor...

Scott M. said...

The superhighway thing is the most laughable thing I've seen on TV in a long time.

Oh no! A highway!

Even if they did build a highway connecting Mexico and Canada (in addition to all those highways that already do), that doesn't mean there wouldn't be customs at the border crossings.

I stumbled across Wolf Blitzer (I think) going on about it as if it was the end of US Sovereignty. That's not paranoia, that's stupidity.

L-girl said...

The fun thing is that there's now a "Deep Integration" paranoia movement in the US as well, which insists that NAFTA is just the first step in handing US sovereignty over to Canada and Mexico (as if we'd want it!) and that the SPP is a big part of the plan.

Yup, we talked about that the last time I brought up Deep Integration, it's in comments on that thread I linked to.

In the US, it's opposed by wingnuts thinking Mexico is taking over the US, in Canada, it's opposed by the left thinking the US is taking over Canada. Interesting bedfellows!

L-girl said...

Even if they did build a highway connecting Mexico and Canada (in addition to all those highways that already do)

That's the main thing, to me - you already can drive from Mexico to Canada. The roads exist. Yet somehow the three countries have managed to stay separate!

I stumbled across Wolf Blitzer (I think) going on about it as if it was the end of US Sovereignty.

It was he. Check comments in that old thread.

L-girl said...

When we were in Vermont for our friend's wedding, late into the night we had a "discussion" with a raving wingnut. He was on about the superhighway. He said (a direct quote), "There's gonna be a Mexican customs station in, I don't know, I think it's Kansas, I'm not sure. Kansas! A Mexican customs station in Kansas!"

I can only imagine what he heard that brought that on.

Scott M. said...

I know how he feels... The Americans have already set up customs points in Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton Montreal and other cities in the country!

A US customs station... in Edmonton! Imagine!

It's the end of the world!

(BTW, those not knowing what I'm referring to -- Canada and the US have a reciprocal agreement to allow pre-clearance of customs and immigration in each other's airports. Yep, it's already in place, has been for years.)

Scott M. said...

Oh! And what about our agreements to allow sealed transiting of transport trailers through each other's country without paying customs and minimal inspections! Those trucks could contain weapons of mass destruction! OMG, they're attacking!

impudent strumpet said...

That's interesting! I've always been fearful of integration because we'd be so outnumbered, but I had no idea there were Americans who felt the same way. I cannot fathom what they'd be afraid of. (Of course, I have no idea if it's obvious to outsiders why integration scares me, and they might be sitting there saying the same thing about me.)

L-girl said...

ImpStrump, I believe in the US it's down to xenophobia. It's the anti-Spanish-language, anti-immigration (wingnut talk-radio) crowd that invented, and then continues to stoke, the fear.

James said...

That's the main thing, to me - you already can drive from Mexico to Canada. The roads exist. Yet somehow the three countries have managed to stay separate!

Not only that, but the "plans" forthe superhighway are just a diagram of these routes.

James said...

I've always been fearful of integration because we'd be so outnumbered, but I had no idea there were Americans who felt the same way. I cannot fathom what they'd be afraid of.

They're convinced the Mexicans outnumber them, on account of how fast Hispanics breed (or so they think).

L-girl said...

Re both of James' very good comments above, it is truly frightening how quickly people can be induced to hate and fear.