Harper, Bush, Calderon Should Look At Real Security, Say Greens

Posted on Tuesday, April 22 at 11:56 by Janet M Eaton

Harper, Bush, Calderon should look at real security, say Greens 


Harper, Bush, Calderon should look at real security, say Greens

NEW GLASGOW – The leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico plan to ignore the real threat to security – the climate crisis – even as they meet at the “ground zero” of extreme weather events, says the Green Party.

“Holding a meeting focusing on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) in post-Katrina New Orleans without even talking about the climate crisis is a clear sign that they are in denial,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth May. “The meeting will instead focus on their ideological fixation with increased militarization of our borders. Border security will not hold back the rising tides of the climate crisis.

“This agreement has never been brought before Parliament and is being advanced at the executive and regulatory level with input from thirty of North America’s largest corporations. It has received little public scrutiny because Mr. Harper knows that Canadians would reject the SPP as damaging to Canada’s sovereignty, the environment and human rights.”

A new Environics poll for the Council of Canadians reveals that the vast majority of Canadians disagree with the objectives of the SPP and 85 percent believe it should be debated and submitted to a vote in Parliament.

“The shroud of secrecy is wearing thin and we have seen massive protests in New Orleans, Montebello and Mexico,” said Ms. May. “The Green Party is one of a growing number of voices that oppose the hyper-security mentality and attitude that US interests must be protected at all costs that forms the basis of the SPP. We would scrap this dangerous agreement immediately.”

Green Party International Trade critic Dr. Janet Eaton said the Bush administration’s response post-Katrina foreshadows the security measures that will be seen under the SPP.

“How symbolic and ironic that the SPP leaders should meet in New Orleans to discuss their private sector- and security-driven vision of North America,” said Dr. Eaton. “The Bush administration’s response post-Katrina to the stranded working class and poor survivors was to send in the military and Blackwater mercenaries. This is seen by many as a warning of the type of ‘security’ that will become standard in North America under the SPP.”

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  1. Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:02 pm
    And they're ignoring this crucial issue on Earth Day no less. They're planting a tree together--big deal. You'd think the leaders of North America, ie the leaders of the western world, could come up with something that had just a wee bit more impact.

  2. by RPW
    Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:04 pm
    Well st, you have to look at the long term ramifications of these acts. Harper likes to impliment plans that have effects "sometime in the future" (remember the 2050 dateline for "green"?). So what could be more appropo than a single tree planted today that, when it matures and produces seed for other trees, will (in time) BLANKET THE EARTH!

    A veritable political "butterfly effect" (with apologies to the late Edward Lorenz)!

  3. Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:27 pm
    Climate crisis?...what the hell happened to Global Warming?

  4. Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:20 pm
    Note that in the statement the leaders released about the summit, they did mention climate change. See: <a href="http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article/235929966-spp-joint-statement-by-bush-calderon-harper-april-22">SPP Join Statement by Leaders</a>

  5. Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:40 pm
    As continental neighbors and partners

    committed to democratic government, the rule of law and respect for

    individual rights and freedoms, Canada, Mexico and the United States

    have shared interests in keeping North America secure, prosperous,

    and competitive in today´s global environment.

    Well they got a bit of work to do on that with Brenda Martin in Mexico and LIBRANO appointees in Elections Canada and the Judiciary playing staged search warrent games for the media.

  6. by RPW
    Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:30 pm
    "mtbr" said
    Climate crisis?...what the hell happened to Global Warming?
    Wait for it..............

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