The group “Integrate This!” hosts a conference to explore concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America, March 31–April 1, 2007. Established in 2005 by Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the SPP’s aim is to address security, prosperity, and quality of life issues affecting partnership members.
This March 31st session, entitled “The Big Business of Insecurity,” features a panel discussion on the origins and possible outcomes of the SPP.
Dorval Brunelle (professor in the Institute of International Studies, Montreal, at the Université du Québec à Montréal) identifies NAFTA and the Trade Act of 2002 as precursors to the North American SPP. John Foster (representative from Common Frontiers Canada) speaks about the North American Competitiveness Council, a private sector branch of the SPP.
Maureen Webb (author and human rights lawyer) discusses the potential negative impacts of pre-emptive security measures outlined in the SPP. Hassan Yussuff (secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress) outlines the SPP’s possible effect on labourers.
Throughout the session, Avi Lewis (documentary filmmaker and conference moderator) poses questions to the panellists.