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Patriots or poseurs?
Date: Saturday, January 07 2006
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Patriots or poseurs?

By Sean Condon
Jan 05 2006

In a surprising reversal from the last federal election, both Liberal leader Paul Martin and Conservative leader Stephen Harper have gone out of their way to stand up to the United States administration. But for some national advocates, the recent displays of public patriotism by Martin and Harper during the current election campaign are more show than substance; they say Canada is now closer to the U.S. than ever before.

“The mainstream parties are now talking about standing up for Canada, and it’s such hypocrisy,” says Connie Fogal, leader of the Canadian Action Party and candidate in Vancouver Kingsway. “Martin and Harper are both trying to capture [the national voice], but both are such blatant, horrible hypocrites because they are in the process of destroying the rest of Canada.”

Fogal says Martin already hammered down what could be the final nail in the coffin for Canada’s sovereignty when he signed last March along with U.S. president George Bush and Mexico’s president Vincete Fox, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. The wide-reaching and somewhat vague agreement is set to streamline the three countries’ security and economic strategies. The pact takes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a step further by integrating North America’s intelligence gathering, border security, energy supplies, economic conditions and health regulations. Fogal says the deal will firmly replace national governance with corporate rule; indeed, the agreement was well received by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, which had been promoting a similar pact, the North American Security and Prosperity Initiative, since 2003.

“It is a very big issue, and if people really knew what was going on, they would rebel,” says Fogal, “because Canada as we know it is going to disappear.”

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