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The Canadian Action Party had an online petition regarding the security and prosperity partnership.

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We found this article in the Kelowna Daily Courier

Protesters oppose Security and Prosperity Partnership
Steve MacNaull
Feb 12, 2008

Words like prosperity and harmonization sound nice, but aren‘t when they apply to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), protesters said Saturday in Kelowna.

“Harmonization sounds like everyone‘s being co-operative, and who‘s against prosperity,” said protester Grant Baudais.

“But when it‘s in relation to the Security and Prosperity Partnership between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, it‘s something to fear.”

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America website (http://www.spp.gov/) says it was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater co-operation and information sharing.

However, Baudais, who will be a Canadian Action Party candidate in the next federal election, said the partnership would lead to a “lowest common denominator” scenario in which Canada would lower safety, food and health standards to those in Mexico.

“The only ones who will benefit from this arrangement is big American industry,” said protester Gerry Bohemier, a Kelowna chiropractor.

“The losers will be the working and middle classes in Canada,” said Bohemier.

Across the country Saturday, similar protests were staged in 20 communities, with a total of 10,000 people expected to participate.

Kelowna‘s crowd was small at about 100, but it was double the size of another Security and Prosperity Partnership protest in the city last August.

“People are starting to hear about the SPP and are worried,” said organizer Dan Merchant, a carpenter. “They want to bring down the SPP, and protests like this are a good way to let government know we want the process stopped.”

Baudais said 10 big corporations from Canada, the United States and Mexico are driving the process, so the mandate is corporate profits, not looking out for the average citizen.

He fears when the partnership comes up with final recommendations, the federal government will simply rubber-stamp them.

Baudais also said the partnership could include a 16-lane superhighway from south Mexico to Winnipeg.

The highway would not only see people and goods come and go freely, but there would be water, oil and gas pipelines for Canada‘s resources to flow out of the country, he said.

“All the manufacturing would be done in Mexico because of the cheap labour, and all of Canada‘s resources would be used,” said Bohemier.

“It would be American business that benefits.”

The Kelowna protest began at noon with the crowd assembling in the parking lot of the Coast Capri Hotel to hear short speeches by organizers.

The protesters then spent 45 minutes at the nearby busy intersection of Highway 97 and Gordon Drive, waving placards at passing motorists.

The crowd then marched downtown to the Sails sculpture, carrying their placards.

Some of the messages on the signs included Save Our Country, the SPP is Giving Away Our Resources, Freedom Not Fascism, I Didn‘t Vote for SPP, Democracy Not SPP and Canada Strong and Free.

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Protest targets continent-wide agreement
Protest targets continent-wide agreement - article from the Vernon Morning Star Feb 15, 2008 page A20
This article is from the Vernon Morning Star Feb 15, 2008 Page A20
"The North American continent is being transformed from three sovereign nations - Canada, U.S.A., Mexico into one regional corporate power base and a North American Union police state through agreements like FTA, NAFTA, TILMA, and SPP," said Fogal in a CAP press release.

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Low rally attendance disappoints
Low rally attendance disappoints - article from the Vernon Morning Star Feb 20, 2008
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Article is from the Vernon Morning Star Feb 20, 2008 page A6

“It’s such an important topic and I’m flabbergasted that people aren’t going to stand up for their country,” said Elliman, who organized the local rally in co-ordination with similar protests that went on across the country.

Activists say the SPP, signed in 2005, has been discussed by governments behind closed doors. But through efforts such as these protests, everyday citizens are just starting to learn about the SPP.

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But Elliman questioned where the rest of the city, province, country and nation was on this significant issue.

Those who educating themselves on the issue say the SPP has the potential to open up Canada’s resources to its new “partners” and ultimately standardize rights across North America.

But others are simply writing the topic off as a conspiracy theory – which is frustrating to those who are trying to fight for their country.

One such frustrated individual expressed her concerns to Elliman at the rally, and the fact that her friends and family are labelling her as crazy.

“She found out about this (SPP) and tried to bring people’s attention to this and everybody thought she was crazy,” said Elliman about the concerned senior.

For those who don’t agree with people like Elliman and the senior citizen, a challenge is being made.

“I’m offering $100 to anybody who can prove me wrong,” said Elliman. “Because I would love to be proved wrong. It would mean I could go home, have some dinner and not think about this anymore.”

And for anyone else who hasn’t educated themselves on the SPP, Elliman is offering the resources to do so.

He has a few hundred DVDs about the SPP which he is ready to hand out to the public. Those interested can contact him at 938-4202.

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SPP - www.international.gc.ca

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America - Canada Site

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America - U.S. Site

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America - Mexico Site

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eDiscussion on Canada's Role in North America

Canadians were invited to share their views on Canada's role in North America, as part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's series of eDiscussions.

http://www.international.gc.ca/cip-pic/discussions/index.aspx

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On April 28, 2006, Alberta and British Columbia signed a groundbreaking agreement to remove barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility between the two provinces.

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