New Democratic Party of Canada Launches National Campaign Against the SPP, August 22, 2007

De: "Julian, Peter - M.P."

Dear friends and fellow activists against the SPP,

Today, the NDP made public information about the SPP, obtained under the Access to Information Act. The details relate to the Security and Prosperity Ministerial Meeting held in Ottawa on February 23, 2007.

The meeting summary, though heavily censored by the government, reveals in its words a "wide-ranging" and "dense" agenda for the SPP, despite the Harper's government's claims to the contrary.

It also states that the SPP agenda established by those elite corporate members of the North American Competitiveness Council were at the centre of the Ministerial meeting.

Libby Davies, NDP House Leader and I participated in Montebello with other activists to protest the secrecy and agenda of the SPP. We met with many activists and witnessed some of them being pepper-sprayed. What struck me most about the protest is that the broad participation of a wide variety of persons. Families, workers, people of all walks of life and from many parts of the country converged in Montebello to expose and halt the SPP agenda.

Last night, Paul Dewar, MP (Ottawa-Centre), Libby Davies, MP (Vancouver East) and I joined an enthusiastic crowd from the community from Ottawa area to kick off the NDP's national campaign against the SPP. For two and half years we have been fighting this issue at the House of Commons and now the time has come to take it on the road. Tomorrow night, I will be in Regina and in the next few days, I will be in Sault-Ste. Marie with Tony Martin, NDP Critic on Social Policy, Fredericton, and Halifax with Alexa McDonough, NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs and International Development.

I have attached below the press release announcing the public meeting in Regina. If you are in the Regina area, please feel free to join us.
Requests are flooding from communities across the country to hold public forums on SPP. Stay tuned for more dates. Please contact my office if you are interested in hosting one.

Thanks to all of you for your support, your circulation of our petitions and your letters to the Members of the Trade Committee in support of the NDP Motion to halt the SPP.

Together we will win this fight.
Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)
NDP International Trade Critic

NDP/NPD Communications

Sent: August 21, 2007 2:53 PM
To: NDP/NPD Communications
AUGUST 21, 2007
Documents reveal hidden aggressive SPP agenda
OTTAWA – The NDP today criticised the Harper Conservatives’ handling of the North American leaders’ Montebello summit for being dogged by ‘secrecy, missed opportunities and insults’ by the prime minister.

Documents obtained by the NDP through access-to-information reveal the so-called “wide-ranging” and “dense” agenda of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) contained discussions of energy integration and the harmonization of standards. Much of the document was censored by the government, including information on energy security and smart and secure borders.

“Clearly, this document shows that the SPP agenda is not about security and prosperity,” said NDP International Trade critic, Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster). “The SPP’s agenda goes way beyond facilitating transportation across the border, or developing an effective pandemic protection strategy. The 30 CEOs who joined the leaders in closed-door meetings are driving their big business priorities through the SPP agenda. Their recommendations call for nothing less than the steady erosion of Canada’s sovereignty and the quality of life for Canadians.”

NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) added, “Mr. Harper has also failed to assert Canadian sovereignty and there is a real threat our Arctic will be claimed by other countries. The prime minister should have used this Leader’s Summit to show real leadership and put Canada back on top.”

NDP House Leader Libby Davies (Vancouver East) joined the thousands of protesters in Montebello yesterday and was extremely disappointed by the prime minister’s dismissal of the dissenting voices.

“Yesterday, the prime minister disgraced his office and insulted ordinary Canadians. He should apologize to the peaceful activists that attended protests at the summit, in Ottawa and nationwide, and he must realize that those Canadians who are raising their voices with concern should not be belittled or ignored.”

The NDP is the only caucus in the House of Commons opposing the Liberal-Conservative SPP agenda.
For more information please contact:
Rupinder Kaur, Media Officer, Office of Jack Layton: 613-222-5048

AUGUST 21, 2007
REGINA – NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) will visit Regina on Wednesday as part of the NDP’s national campaign to halt further implementation of the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) agenda. The campaign was launched on Monday in Ottawa.

“Harper is fast tracking the complete sell-out of our sovereignty. We’ve seen this happen with the softwood sell-out and the ongoing campaign for privatization of our public services and policies. Like the Liberals before him, Harper is ignoring the will of Parliament and excluding Canadians from the decision-making process. I am appealing to all Canadians to join the NDP in this fight,” noted NDP Leader Jack Layton.

“I’m excited to bring this message across the country and to meet with people in Regina and Moose Jaw to hear their thoughts,” said Julian. “After what happened with equalization, the people of Saskatchewan cannot trust the Harper Conservatives. I want to give them a chance to learn about and discuss the SPP and bring their thoughts back to Ottawa.”

12:30PM Lunch Meeting with Don Mitchell on SPP
Uptown Café
          325 Main Street, Moose Jaw
7:30 PM Public Forum on SPP
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, Multipurpose Room
2900 13th Ave, Regina
The Public Forum is sponsored by Palliser & Wascana NDP, The Canadian Labour Congress, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and the Regina and District Labour Council
Nancy Price
National Coordinator
Davis CA
Phone: 530-758-0726