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If you love democracy, if you think that all those soldiers in World War Two died for something valuable, PLEASE help to organize some little thing in your community, or join a rally.   Or just pass this email along.

There are protests right across Canada on Saturday, January 23rd, many start at 1:00 pm.   The Saskatoon one is in front of City Hall. 

There are 192,000 Canadians signed up on the facebook group, “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament” (noon, Friday Jan 25th, Saskatchewan time).  The numbers continue to climb.  Before I started writing this there was 191,900.   I just checked and it’s  192,066   (12:06 pm).  Think of all the people who are not on facebook! 

Facebook website

Council of Canadians website

Parliament was scheduled to start on January 25th.  It was prorogued. 

Thank all that is good!   Canadians are saying “no way”.  You are not going to shut down Parliament.   /Sandra

“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.” (Stephen Harper, Canadian Press, April 18, 2005)

On December 30th Stephen Harper announced – without consulting anyone – that he will be Proroguing Parliament and suspending democracy until March 3. This is the second time he has done this in under two years.
Proroguing means: More

Monkey see, Monkey do……BRASSCHECK TV/video

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Who’s in charge?

I was under the impression that Canada and Australia were sovereign countries.

I guess not.

This video shows the heads of both these states reading the same exact statement – word for word – supporting the invasion of Iraq.

Who wrote this thing?

Who distributed it?

Who compelled these obvious puppets to read it?

The Queen? The CIA? Who runs these people.

Note: Canada’s Harper was not yet Prime Minister when he made this speech selling out his country for god knows who – but he is now.

 

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/439.html

Police Provoke Violence at SPP Protest in Canada (video included)

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Where were the protests by Americans over the SPP meeting in New Orleans in April, 2008?  While Canadians fight back……….we sit back.  While Canadians protest, we just conform.  There is a lesson to be learned from watching this video.    Marti

Thanks to Elaine.  This is extremely important.  Click on:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DCRsj06wT64

 

 

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For those unfamiliar with the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) there is good information at http://www.canadians.org/ :

 

The protest at Montebello, Quebec was the SPP Meeting of August 2007.  Following the Montebello meeting,

On April 21, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper traveled to New Orleans to attend the fourth annual North American Leaders’ Summit to discuss progress to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) with his American and Mexican counterparts. It has been four years since this process began, and no one beyond an elite group of corporate CEOs has been asked how they feel about the SPP—until now.

» Click here to read the report. 

http://www.canadians.org/integratethis/

Not Counting Canadians: The Security and Prosperity Partnership and public opinion

From April 7–10, 2008, the Council of Canadians commissioned Environics Research Group to conduct a survey of Canadians to find out how they feel about the major SPP policy directions and initiatives, including North American regulatory convergence, energy integration with the United States, bulk water exports, and the adoption of U.S.-style security measures in Canada. We also asked whether such a wide-reaching trilateral agreement should be brought to Parliament for a debate and vote.

Download the full report, Not Counting Canadians : The Security and Prosperity Partnership and public opinion (PDF 1.78 MB), or follow the links below:

87% of Canadians agree that Canada should maintain the ability to set its own independent environmental, health and safety standards, even if this might reduce cross-border trade opportunities with the United States. And yet the Harper government is committed to an SPP policy of regulatory harmonization in the areas of consumer product safety, food and drugs, and the environment.

89% of Canadians agree that Canada should establish an energy policy that provides reliable supplies of oil, gas and electricity at stable prices and protects the environment, even if this means placing restrictions on exports and foreign ownership of Canadian supplies. And yet the Harper government is committed to a “market-based” policy of energy integration with the U.S. through the SPP’s North American Energy Working Group.

88% of Canadians agree that Canada should adopt a comprehensive national water policy that recognizes clean drinking water as a basic human right and also bans the bulk export of fresh water. And yet bulk water exports to the U.S. are on the table in SPP discussions.

48% of Canadians do not feel that Canada should harmonize its security policies with the United States, even if this affects our trading relationship. It was the only question on which Canadians were divided. And yet the 2008 Federal budget committed millions of extra dollars to SPP security initiatives anyway.

86% of Canadians agree that the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement should be debated and submitted to a vote in Parliament. Yet four years later, the debate is nowhere to be seen.

Canadian preferences for policies that run counter to the key SPP priorities listed above show conclusively that Prime Minister Harper does not have a democratic mandate for pursuing this agenda in secretive trilateral talks like the upcoming North American leaders summit in New Orleans. The government must cease all further SPP talks and debate the agreement fully and openly before submitting it to Parliament for a vote.

The Council of Canadians’ five demands for the SPP »

You can help stop the SPP! A citizen’s guide to fighting the Security and Prosperity Partnership »

View the full Environics poll results, Surveying Canadian attitudes towards trade issues and the SPP

For more information about the Council of Canadians, or its campaign against the SPP, please sign up to receive updates above or call us at 1-800-387-7177.

 

 

Harper Shuts down Coordinated Access to Information Requests (CAIR)

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Apparently taking its cue’s from the Bush administration that has busied itself with reclassifying many formerly released documents under the Freedom of Information Act, fearful of American’s knowing too much about the corruption of our own government. Stephan Harper, Canada’s Advocate for the SPP and the NAU, has gone one step further. MP Harper shut the entire information center down!

CAIR is the counterpart to our FREEDOM OF Information Act.

What is it that these two governments are afraid for you to know? These are the actions of dictators.

Received May 8, 2008 from the Canadian Action Party and Connie Fogal:

Stephen Harper has just shut down the Coordinated Access to Information Requests system site. The CBC blog about it is overwhelmingly expressing alarm.  Here is a petition you can sign calling for CAIRS to be brought back http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveCAIRS/

Write a letter to your MP and MLA demanding that CAIRS be re-established.  It cost $50,000 a year to operate, a small price to pay for government transparency.  It provides invaluable information to organizations and researchers allowing them to see what the government has been doing behind closed doors.

Please sign the petition write a letter and call in to your local radio shows to raise this issue.  Forward this letter to your contacts ASAP.

Thanks

Dan Merchant

www.whatisthespp.com

If you think this can’t or won’t happen here in the States, think again. It’s happening already. An informed population is a danger to the government. An educated and informed population will no longer be tolerated.

LONG LIVE OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS!

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President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with President Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Harper of Canada
Gallier Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana

 

“We talked about trade. Mexico, Canada and the United States made a bold decision in the early 1990s. Our countries decided to reduce our trade barriers through the North American Free Trade Agreement. That was a visionary move by previous leaders, a move that has benefitted all three of our countries — a lot. [Not the USA!] Trade has tripled. [ IN WHICH Direction!?]

 Our economies have grown by more than 50 percent. “ (WHERE?? NOT in the U.S.A.!)

 

“Now is not the time to renegotiate NAFTA or walk away from NAFTA. Now is the time to make it work better for all our people, and now is the time to reduce trade barriers worldwide.”

 

– President’e Bush

 

Source:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/04/20080422-5.html

 


Joint Statement by President Bush, President Calderon, Prime Minister Harper  April 22, 2008

“The SPP complements the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has helped to triple trade since 1993 among our three countries to a projected $1 trillion in 2008. [Our trade DEFICIT proves that,eh?] 

NAFTA has offered our consumers a greater variety of better and less expensive goods and services, [Where?] 

encouraged our businesses to increase investment throughout North America, [NOT in the USA!] 

and helped to create millions of new jobs [WITH the exception of the USA!] in  all three countries.

NAFTA is key to maintaining North America‘s [GLOBALISTS] competitive edge in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and connected global marketplace.

Source for above: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/04/20080422-4.html

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