posted on May, 18 2011 @ 12:08 PM
Has Harper turned into Canada's Obama?
I have been telling many people about the plans for the NAU being pushed forward and now it seems that even Nader is warning Canada about the
implications of such a union.
The fact that so few people even know of the behind-the scenes agenda only adds to my convictions that people will NOT vote for this if given the
facts and the opportunity to voice their opinions.
Today from the Activist Post and a letter from Nader warning the Canadians of such a union:
It was surprising that bilateral relations with the U.S. did not play a more prominent role during the recent Canadian election considering that
both countries are pursuing a trade and security agreement. In fact, the issue did not really surface until the dying days of the campaign
After winning a much coveted majority government, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are moving ahead quickly with perimeter security and regulatory
Many of us knew Harper's true agenda but sadly, many more did not as there was hardly any mention during the elections.
In the final week of the Canadian election campaign, consumer advocate and four-time candidate for President of the United States, Ralph Nader
warned about Canada-U.S. deep integration. In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he raised concerns over the lack of transparency
regarding talks between the two countries on a trade and border security deal.
This becomes more evident when so many people on both sides of the border are surprised at learning of the NAU plans.
Nader cautioned that a, “North American Security Perimeter Agreement will wrap many Canadian concerns — your Arctic, water, energy,
anti-monopoly and foreign investment reviews — in a bi-national security blanket.”
He added, “The corporatist lobbies and what President Eisenhower warned Americans about in his farewell address 50 years ago — ‘the
military-industrial complex’ — will favour this lucrative and anti-democratic initiative.”
Nader also explained in his letter to Harper, that, “Canada’s prudent bank regulation prevented a Wall Street style collapse of your economy.”
North American deep integration is a corporate-led agenda designed to foster privatization and deregulation.
So Nader is actually warning Canada against this move. It's not hard to see the US being the only winner here. What does America have to offer Canada
that we don't already have? Nothing IMO.
What is very telling is that Nader is warning of exactly the same things that many are thinking. The resources, Financial System and Corporate
Agendas. Again, has Harper turned into Canada's Obama?
Nader's Letter to Harper:
On Canada-US “Deep Integration” by Ralph Nader / April 30th, 2011 April 27, 2011 Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of
Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: The on-going negotiations, under excessive secrecy, regarding “deep
integration” between the U.S. and Canada — countries of vastly unequal bargaining power — have received too little attention during this
The serious issues and consequences of any forthcoming agreement to Canadians deserve immediate public discussion among the candidates prior to the
May 2 election. Inasmuch as you are both the protagonist and the chief negotiator with the Obama administration, it is your responsibility to inform
the Canadian citizenry about the general frameworks, directions and any subordinations of sovereignty that are on the table.
Additionally, you can certainly disclose what is off the table and the general timetable for concluding the deliberations and announcing the proposed
agreement. Voters in a democratic society are rightfully irritated to find that a subject of such gravity excluded from public debate before Election
Canadians do not want a fiat accompli shorn of any public knowledge and participation. Such a process reveals a deep concentration of power in the
executive that tears away the pretense of the deliberative parliamentary democracy that Canada holds out to the world.
The designs of “deep integration” are reflected in your interest in purchasing F-35 fighter jets (already estimated at $29 billion by a
Parliamentary office) that has no Canadian defence rationale but serves to help bail out the Pentagon’s procurement mess with Lockheed-Martin’s
delayed, troubled and way over budget aircraft. The early tangle of “deep integration” within the framework of a proposed North American Security
Perimeter Agreement will wrap many Canadian concerns — your Arctic, water, energy, anti-monopoly and foreign investment reviews — in a bi-national
security blanket to the disadvantage of both the Canadian and American people.
The corporatist lobbies and what President Eisenhower warned Americans about in his farewell address 50 years ago — “the military-industrial
complex” — will favour this lucrative and anti-democratic initiative. Such a Perimeter Agreement would place Canada under further pressure to
forego its leading peacekeeping role — now at its lowest ebb — in favour of joining what is becoming open-ended, unconstitutional and unlawful
military adventures by the U.S. government overseas. Involvement in the Afghanistan war could be only the beginning of this dismaying Canadian
As an economist, you must know what the post-war Canadian Consensus has meant to the well-being of all Canadians –such that your country has often
led the world in overall standards of living. You know that this understanding in the past received support from Liberals, Conservatives and the New
Democrats. “Deep integration” will further the contrary corporatist uber alles philosophy that marks what has become known as the Washington
Consensus.In a contest under deep integration, you don’t have to wonder which will prevail, especially given your own strong predilections in favour
of an ideology of corporate globalization, militarism, privatization and de-regulation so identified with the Washington Consensus.
Since you are known to be proud of your views and what Harper’s Canada would look like, how can you not share forthrightly the scenarios you are
conjoining between Ottawa and Washington so that the Canadian voters can register their response? Our corporate-hi-jacked government in Washington is
not known for its sensitivity to the notion of Canadian independence. But having co-authored the book Canada Firsts in 1993, I learned that many
Canadians treasure their sovereignty and associate it with making possible many advances long in your land that are still not prevalent in our
Canada’s prudent bank regulation prevented a Wall Street style collapse of your economy. Please recognize your peoples’ right to know now about
what is going on in these deliberations over “deep integration.” Sincerely yours, Ralph Nader Washington, DC
edit on 18-5-2011 by jude11 because: (no reason given)