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 “Commandeering the Continent,” features a panel discussion on military integration, powerful oil companies, and environmental issues.
Steven Staples (director of the Rideau Institute and author of “Missile Defence: Round One”) speaks about possible political and economic motivators behind the SPP’s integration efforts. Diana Gibson (research director at the Parkland Institute) speaks about regulatory legislation outlined in the SPP and other international trade policies.
Ben Powless (representative from the Canada Youth Climate Coalition) and Rosa Kouri (national director for the Sierra Youth Coalition) discuss the negative effects that the SPP and NAFTA may have on environmental legislation and the jurisdiction of regional governments. Steven Shrybman (board member for the Council of Canadians) discusses the SPP’s influence on Canadian sovereignty over the country’s natural resources.