April 19, 2008

Activism: Council of Canadians current report

There's some really good heartening information on these links below.

The Council of Canadians

-Newsletter, April 2008

86% say Harper has no mandate in New Orleans for secretive trilateral agreement

Council of Canadians representatives will be making their way to New Orleans in a few days to bring the message that Canadians do not want the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) – and we have the numbers to prove it.

On the eve of the fourth annual leaders’ summit on the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the Council of Canadians released the results of a public opinion poll that shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians disagree with the main policy objectives of the secretive trilateral agreement, and that 86% want a public debate and vote on the deal in Parliament. Environics Research Group surveyed 1,007 Canadians from April 7 to 10 on whether or not they agreed with the SPP priorities of regulatory harmonization, energy integration, closer security links with the United States and bulk water exports. The results clearly show that Prime Minister Harper has no democratic mandate from Canadians for pursuing continental integration with his Mexican and American counterparts.

Council of Canadians’ chairperson Maude Barlow will be taking the message of widespread Canadian opposition to the SPP to New Orleans next week, where she will be participating in a People’s Summit, which has been timed to coincide with the official leader’s summit from April 21-22. The People’s Summit is being organized by grassroots groups in New Orleans, who have invited international civil society organizations to discuss the SPP and the likely impact of its corporate goals on on North American communities.

Caution - Nafta at work
Caution - Nafta at Work

For regular updates on the SPP Summit April 21 and 22, and to see the full results of our Environics poll, visit http://www.canadians.org/integratethis/

To read more about the People’s Summit, visit http://www.summitneworleans.org/

"Caution Nafta at work" Photo courtesy of the People's Summit

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