Monday, May 30, 2011

So Deep Integration Was Not a Conspiracy Theory

Though Stephen Harper and other neocons have denied that deep integration with the U.S. was on the table, Wikileaks show otherwise.
Numerous topics are discussed in the leaked document — borders, currency, labor, regulation, and more. How to push the integration agenda features particularly prominently.

Under the subject line “Placing a new North American Initiative in its economic policy context,” American diplomatic personnel in Canada said they believed an “incremental” path toward North American integration would probably gain the most support from policymakers. Apparently Canadian economists agreed.

The cable also touts the supposed benefits of merging the three countries and even mentions what elements to “stress” in future “efforts to promote further integration.” It lists what it claims is a summary of the “consensus” among Canadian economists about the issues, too. Merging the United States, Canada, and Mexico...
Just before the election, Ralph Nader wrote in the Toronto Star: Beware ‘deep integration’
Opponents of Prime Minister Stephen Harper are finding that, in one commentator’s words, “Questions of Harper’s ethics, accountability, secrecy and contempt for democracy have not stuck.” Questions about secrecy, however, should stick. Harper’s secret ongoing negotiations for “deep integration” with the U.S. could diminish the features of Canadian independence which have brought Canada world-envied standards of living, including medicare for all.

Public attention before May 2 regarding the contents of the forthcoming agreement between Harper and President Barack Obama could motivate many voters to go to the polls to preserve Canadian independence. Loss of Canadian independence between the eras of Jean Chr├ętien and Harper has meant moving from no involvement in George W. Bush’s Iraq atrocities to military engagement in the quagmire of Afghanistan. It has meant less resistance to the demands for military procurement of unneeded U.S. weapons.
We should have listened to him.

3 comments:

  1. OMG, Emily, I believe it of Stephen Harper but it's hard to believe Barack Obama is involved, Bush-like, in integrating Canada with the US.
    It's also hard to believe Mexico will go for it. Despite atrocious political situations, one after another, Mexico has always had a strong sense of its own identity vis a vis the US.
    However, it's hard to disbelieve Ralph Nader, somehow, isn't it?
    I've been predicting this sort of thing for years but, oh, how I wanted to be wrong!

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  2. It sure looks like it. And remember the U.S. has the most to gain so I can't see Obama rejecting it.

    Their dollar is backed by trillions in debt. Ours by natural resources.

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  3. Well, I've always said it's what they want from us: natural resources. They sure don't want to build Disney theme parks in Nunavut.
    And I guess, if Stephen Harper barefacedly lies and says he has the approval of the Canadian people, any US leader would leap at the chance, despite the high hopes I had for President Obama.
    Damn, though. Damn and double-damn.

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