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Harper, Bush, Calderon should look at real security, say Greens
Date: Tuesday, April 22 2008
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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.

Green Party International Trade critic Dr. Janet Eaton said  “The Bush administration’s response 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.”



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



21.04.2008


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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