A tri-national task force with the full backing of the US, Canadian and Mexican governments is planning to expand the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) to include a broad range of items not defined legally as goods or services. The new integration package will incorporate common
policies and laws for energy, immigration, law enforcement and security.
"North American national borders would be virtually eliminated under plans being considered by senior business and political leaders from Canada, the
United States and Mexico for a "NAFTA-plus," continent-wide, customs-free zone with a common approach to trade, energy, immigration, law enforcement
The mission has the formal blessing of Tom Ridge, U.S. Homeland Security secretary, who is close with President Bush.
The "NAFTA-plus" plan has also been referred to as "deep integration." Skeptics see it as a plan to eliminate national sovereignty and erode the
American concept of representative government accountable to the people under the framework of the Constitution."
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Task force members include: former Liberal Party deputy prime minister John Manley; William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts; Pedro Aspe, former
Mexican finance minister; Canadian Finance Minister Michael Wilson; and Nelson Cunningham of Henry Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger McLarty
The plan is attractive from the corporate perspective: Canada has abundant water, oil and lumber resources, and no civil rights protections; the USA
has civil rights and a Constitution, but no resources; Mexico has abundant reserves of cheap labor, a reliable climate and a government prone to
negotiating good terms without regard to human or democratic rights.
The merger has been in quiet development for some time, without due democratic process. The task force will issue its report in 2-3 months, in the
spring of 2005. The 'report' obviously represents the final stages of negotiation. Ruling multinational corporations are represented by CEO's and
corporate-owned government hacks, but there is no one at the table to represent ordinary people.
We're looking at a continental corporate merger here, and the legal re-instatement of the feudal system under corporate rule.
NOTE: The report titled "CEO's push for freer trade" published in Canada's National Post on October 25, 2004 is no longer available.
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