Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"Stealth" Meeting Confirmed . . . .

This meeting has been referenced here and here in previous posts. Now, thanks to Kelly Patterson of CanWest News Service and the U.S. Freedom of Information laws, the rumoured "Deep Integration" meeting has been confirmed.

Countries met secretly to plan ‘stealth’ moves

OTTAWA — Canadian, U.S. and Mexican politicians discussed using “stealth” to head off public resistance to the integration of the three countries at a confidential meeting last year, according to documents just released under U.S. Freedom of Information laws.

Top military brass, corporate executives and diplomats also attended the meeting in Banff, Alta., where participants discussed everything from the harmonization of food and drug standards, to common immigration policies, and the pooling of energy resources.

The secret guest list of the North American Forum included then-U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, Pengrowth Corp. CEO James Kinnear and Lockheed Martin executive Ron Covais.

Presentation outlines, obtained by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based conservative watchdog group, acknowledge that the concept of North American integration — which some call a “North American Union” — is unpopular, and note that it might be tough to sell as a concept.

“Working on the infrastructure might yield more benefit and bring more people on board [‘evolution by stealth’],” the notes said.

“Evolution by stealth” means using regulatory changes, such as food- and drug-safety benchmarks, which don’t require parliamentary approval, to lay the infrastructure for North American integration. This allows for change with little or no public debate.

Media were excluded from the September forum, and Day, who gave a speech at the event, declined to reveal its contents.

Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians said the reference to stealth is “very telling.”

Many of the attending politicians have been pursuing “integration by stealth” for the past two years, she said, pointing to a little-known but top-priority agreement called the Security and Prosperity Partnership.

Don't like it. Don't like it one bit . . . .


Anonymous said...

That doesn't sound good to me, either.

Why mess up the Canadian society with American policies?

Crappy idea!

Canada Calling said...

What a perfectly good way to F#&! up Canada!

West End Bob said...

canada calling,

Our thoughts exactly!