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Think of all the people who are deeply distressed over the direction in which the Bush regime is dragging the country - and the world... All the people who are outraged over the way in which this regime is arrogantly seeking to bludgeon into submission people in the Middle East, and throughout the world, while trampling on the rights of the people in the
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It would go from something only vaguely hoped for, by millions of isolated individuals, and acted on by thousands so far, to something that had undeniable moral force and unprecedented political impact.
There is a way to make this happen. There is a day, coming soon, on which people will be mobilizing to make this a reality. There is a vehicle and a means through which anguish, outrage and frustration can be transformed into truly meaningful, positive and powerful political mobilization.
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"The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US."
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Now, there is more. Did you know that the elite is planning in secret to integrate Canada, the United States and Mexico into the North American equivalent of the European Union? They just had a meeting in Banff. The name of the game for them is to create unified blocks of countries in major areas around the world and then to bring them all together under one oligarchic world government. The media are not covering this but there is a very active Canadian group -
- striving to bring this to everyone's attention so as to prevent the disintegration of Canada and Mexico's sovereignty under the booth of the despotic
U.S. military regime.
These plans MUST be derailed just as the anti-globalization movement succeeded at blocking them at every step in the last seven years starting in Seattle in 1999.
Please help also to make everyone aware of this forced integration attempt
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"The hegemonistic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very existence of the human species. We appeal to the people of the United States and of the world to halt this threat which is like a sword hanging over our heads." There's no time to lose. We have to dump Bush NOW and get on with the pressing issues of global warming, peak oil, nuclear proliferation, poverty and AIDS. Chavez is right; the present model for global rule is broken and corrupt. We need a change. "Capitalism is savagery," Chavez boomed. Viva Chavez.
1. Secret North American Union Meeting in Banff 9/12-14
2. Comments on all this
3. North American Forum held in secret at Banff Springs Hotel
4. Harper Not Just Americanizing, But Abolishing Canada
5. How is deep integration linked to security and defence concerns?
6. Harper falls in line behind U.S. interests
7. Timeline of the Progress Toward a North American Union
8. Who is Mel Hurtig?
Creating a new North American Union (NAU) is the end goal of deep integration. A North American Union would hypothetically be similar to the existing European Union (EU). Canada, the US and Mexico would share a common currency called the Amero (similar to the EU's Euro) and give up their sovereignty to the new political and economic entity. All agreements to harmonize and integrate Canada, the US and Mexico, such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), are steps towards the creation of this union. Progressives in Canada such as Vive le
and the Council of Canadians oppose a North American Union because it would mean the expansion of NAFTA and the loss of Canadian sovereignty and democracy which the believe would harm regular citizens; progressives in the US oppose the North American Union because of similar reasons, ie the loss of democracy and the handing over of power to large corporations; while US conservatives such as Pat Buchanan oppose the idea for not only of the loss of US sovereignty but also for fear of a large influx of Mexican immigrants.
This map is a conceptualization of the Super Highways now underway to connect the United States, Canada, and Mexico to help bring about the creation of a North American Union similar to the European Union The map's travel corridors show the desired routes of the new Super Highways as proposed by the North American Forum on Integration (NAFI) - a group of wealthy industrialists, academics, and politicians whose aim it is to break down barriers to the North American Union. The main actors in NAFI are members of the Council on Foreign Relations or related organizations based in Mexico and Canada. NAFI, whose first objective is to make "the public and decision-makers aware of the challenges of economic and political integration between the three NAFTA countries," is following the country-integration plan of the European Union. That plan used the idea of "free trade" to make steps toward integration sound appealing to the public. Though the North American Union would devastate the American middle class, the Super Highways are being touted as facilitating free trade and bringing about prosperity in the three
countries.NAFI's vision is being enacted right now. Eighty separate, but interconnected, "high priority corridors" are being initiated in the United States. To find a complete list of the 80 intended Super Highway projects, go to
Update from Mel Hurtig:
Alison at Creekside -
http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2006/09/stop-clock.html - was doing strong background on this story last week; follow her to a Maclean's article with some choice quotes from some of the appallingly vulgar people who seem to think of themselves as our leaders: "We've decided not to recommend any things that would require legislative changes," says [Lockheed Martin's] Covais. "Because we won't get anywhere."
Still others complain the approach is too timid. Robert Pastor, director of the Center for North American Studies at American University in Washington, said the leaders should launch broad consultations on major moves, like a common external tariff and a continental transportation network. "None of these big issues are being discussed. Instead we have a CEO council that is looking at the issue one regulation at a time," he said. But the CEOs say they have a strategy. "Let's get some low-hanging fruit to give the thing some momentum," says Hasenfratz. "But let's not lose sight of bigger-ticket items."
Maude Barlow makes the second msm breakthrough in today's Toronto Star with a good summary of the background and the focus of last week's meeting in Banff
U.S. administration, anxious to keep up with its country's high energy demands, has shown great interest in this "secure" energy source located just north of its border. With corporations like Suncor involved, energy was an important item of discussion at the Banff meeting last week. Given the detrimental impacts of oil sand extraction on our environment and given that Canada currently exports 66 per cent of its oil (primarily to the
U.S.) while importing 55 per cent of what we use domestically from countries like Algeria, Venezuela and Norway, it is alarming that Ottawa would discuss a "North American Energy Strategy" with the U.S. and Mexico before establishing a Canadian strategy that would ensure our ability to protect the environment and ensure a secure energy supply for Canadians. Though not as glamorous as the date between Peter and Condi, the media should pay better attention to this marriage between our governments and big corporations.
And Ian Welsh does even deeper historical background at The Agonist:
There is no popular interest in deep integration with the US in Canada as the majorities against both NAFTA and the Free Trade agreement demonstrated (nor with Canada in the US) yet it trundles along, act after act, administrative ruling after administrative ruling. Governments are always made up of people who come out of a specific world. When you want to figure out who runs the government, the question to ask is "where do they come from?"
Venezuela's Chavez Says World Faces Choice Between US Hegemony and Survival
(...) Yesterday the Devil was here, in this very place. This table from where I speak still smells like sulfur. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, in this same hall the President of the United States, who I call "The Devil," came here talking as if he owned the world. It would take a psychiatrist to analyze the US president's speech from yesterday. As the spokesperson for Imperialism he came to give us his recipes for maintaining the current scheme of domination, exploitation and pillage of the world's people. It would make a good Alfred Hitchcock movie. I could even suggest a title: "The Devil's Recipe." That is to say, US Imperialism, and here Chomsky says it with profound and crystalline clarity, is making desperate efforts to consolidate its hegemonic system of domination. We cannot allow this to occur, we cannot permit them to install a world dictatorship, to consolidate a world dictatorship. The speech of the tyrannical president of the world was full of cynicism, full of hypocrisy. It is this imperial hypocrisy with which he attempts to control everything. They want to impose upon us the democratic model they devised, the false democracy of elites. And moreover, a very original democratic model imposed with explosions, bombings, invasions, and cannon shot. That's some democracy! One would have to review the thesis of Aristotle and of the first Greeks who spoke of democracy to see what kind of model of democracy is imposed by marines, invasions, aggressions and bombs. CLIP
Bush Rages: "I am not Beelzebub, Lord of Sulfur" by Mike Whitney
(...) Chavez should give lessons in public speaking. His appearance was like a clap of thunder; waving Chomsky with one hand and pummeling Bush with the other. He managed to heap more muck on "Guantanamo Nation" than anyone since
Harold Pinter gave his blistering Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
on 12-7-05. That's when Pinter said: "The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have ever talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised quite a clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It is a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis." Chavez matched Pinter word for word, exposing the hypocrisy, lies and brutality of an administration that never stops lecturing about freedom and liberation even though it grinds out mountains of carnage everywhere it goes. (...) Chavez held-forth like a preacher at a brothel; scattering the bodies and kicking open the windows to let the sunlight in. He delivered one, ferocious roundhouse punch after another. Boom, boom, boomuntil the crowd rose in a thunderous 5 minute ovation. (which was carefully omitted from the TV coverage) "What would the people of the world tell (Bush) if they were given the floor?" Chavez asked. "What would they have to say? I have some inkling of what they would say, what the oppressed people think. They would say, 'Yankee imperialist, go home." CLIP
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Date: 20 Sep 2006
Subject: Secret North American Union Meeting in Banff 9/12-14
September 19, 2006
Here's the scandal that should be outraging Canadians across the country. On September 12-14, elite proponents of deep integration from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico met at a secret conference at the Banff Springs Hotel. The Hotel doesn't want to talk about it. No major media reported on the conference--not the Globe and Mail, not the National Post, not the Toronto Star, no one. Yet the topic of the conference, deep integration or the formation of a "North American Community" aka the North American Union, will profoundly affect everything in our lives from our health and security to the currency we use (soon to be the "Amero") to our very national identity. In essence, we will no longer be Canadians, but North Americans only--and worse, North Americans hog-tied in lock-step with the
U.S. even as they gain open access to our energy resources.
Our national media stays silent and so Canadians remain unaware that their own CCCE and most powerful politicians are pushing for integration with the
U.S. and Mexico completely outside of the usual democratic process. The only newspaper to report anything on this as yet is the Banff Crag & Canyon, which is publishing an article on the conference today thanks to information provided by Mel Hurtig.
And of course here at Vive we are ready to do our part. Below please find the secret list of participants in the forum AND the agenda for the forum, thanks to Mel Hurtig's sources.
I hope every one of our readers and supporters will take it upon themselves to call their local and national media and demand coverage of the conference and of integration itself. It is a scandal that this process is being conducted in secret. And whether or not the media will listen, we must also all talk to other Canadians and to our politicians and demand that this become an open public debate. We must especially call and write to the usual suspects who were involved in this conference, especially the chairs and co-chairs, and spread the word so that our American and Mexican neighbours do the same. Otherwise, we will all remain in the dark--until it is too late.
NORTH AMERICAN FORUM
(Internal Document, Not for Public Release)
Report dated August 31, 2006
Dr. Pedro Aspe
Hon. Peter Lougheed
Hon. George Shultz
Col. Peter Atkinson Special Advisor to Chief of Defence Staff
Hon. Perrin Beatty Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Mr. Peter M. Boehm Assistant Deputy Minister, North America
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Mr. Thomas d'Aquino Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Hon. Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety, Government of Canada
Dr. Wendy Dobson The Institute for International Business
Mr. N. Murray Edwards Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Ward Elcock Deputy Minister of National Defence
Mr. Bill Elliott Associate Deputy Minister, Public Safety
Dr. John English The Cdn Centre for International Governance Innovation
Mr. Brian Felesky Felesky Flynn LLP
Mr. Richard L. George Suncor Energy Inc.
Dr. Roger Gibbins Canada West Foundation
Rear Adm Roger Girouard Commander Joint Task Force Pacific, Cdn Forces
Major Gen Daniel Gosselin Director General, International Security Policy
Mr. James K. Gray Canada West Foundation
Mr. Fred Green Canadian Pacific Railway
Mr. V. Peter Harder Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Paul J. Hill Harvard Developments Inc.
General Rick Hillier Chief of the Defence Staff
Mr. Pierre Marc Johnston Heenan Blaikie
Mr. James Kinnear Pengrowth Corporation
Mr. Harold N. Kvisle TransCanada Corporation
Hon. John P. Manley McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Mr. Ron Mannix Coril Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Ron Mathison Matco Investments
Hon. Anne McLellan Senior Counsel, Bennett Jones
Hon. Greg Melchin Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta
Ms.Sharon Murphy Chevron Canada
Ms. Sheila O'Brien President, Corporate Director, Belvedere Investments
Hon. Gordon O'Connor Minister of Defense, Government of Canada
Mr. Berel Rodal International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Mr. Gordon Smith Chairman, The International Development Research Centre
Ms. Deborah Bolton Political Advisor to Commander, US Northcom
Mr. Ron T. Covais, President, The Americas, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sec. Kenneth W. Dam Max Pam Professor Emeritus of American & Foreign Law and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
Mr. Dan Fisk Senior Director, Western Hemisphere, National Security Council
Sec. Ryan Henry Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Ms. Carla A. Hills Chairman & CEO, Hills & Co.
Ms. Caryn Hollis DASD (Acting) Western Hemisphere Affairs
Mr. Bill Irwin Manager - International Government Affairs; Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Corporation
Mr. Robert G. James President, Enterprise Asset Management Inc.
Admiral Tim Keating Commander, US Northern Command
Mr. Floyd Kvamme Chair, President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology; Director, Centre for Global Security Res.
Dr. Ronald F. Lehman II Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mr. William W. McIlhenny Policy Planning Council for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Dr. Peter McPherson President, National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges
Ms. Doris Meissner Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute
Dr. George Miller Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mr. George Nethercutt Chairman, US Section of the Permanent Joint Board on
Defense, US - Canada (Security)
Mary Anastasia O'Grady Journalist for Wall Street Journal (Area Specialist)
Dr. Robert A. Pastor Director, Center for North American Studies, American
University, Washington, DC
Dr. William Perry Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project
Lt. Gen. Gene Renuart USAF Senior Military Assist. to Sec. Rumsfeld
Mr. Eric Ruff Department of Defense Press Secretary
Sec. Donald R. Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Dr. James Schlesinger Former Sec. Of Energy & Defense
Mr. William Schneider President, International Planning Services
Sec. Clay Sell Deputy Secretary of Energy, US Dept. of Energy
Dr. Thomas A. Shannon Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere A
Dr. David G. Victor Director, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development, Center for Environmental Science & Policy
Maj. Gen. Mark A Volcheff Director, Plans, Policy & Strategy, NORAD-NORTHCOM
Ms. Jane Wales President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California
Mr. R. James Woolsey Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Emb Andrés Rozental (Mexican Coordinator) - Mexican Council on Foreign Relations
Silvia Hernández Former Senator and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on North America
Mario Molina 1995 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Fernando Chico Pardo CEO, Promecap
Juan Gallardo CEO, Grupo GEUSA
Gerónimo Gutiérrez Deputy Foreign Minister for North America
Luis de la Calle Consultant. Former Deputy Minister of Economy
Agustín Barrios Gómez Solutions Abroad
Vinicio Suro PEMEX
Eduardo Medina Mora Secretary of Public Security
Carlos Heredia State Government of Michoacán
Jaime Zabludowsky Consultant. Former trade negotiator
Manuel Arango CEO, Grupo Concord
Jorge Santibañez President, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Luis Rubio CIDAC
Mónica Serrano El Colegio de México, Señor Fellow Oxford University
Arturo Sarukhan Coordinator of Intl Affairs, Campaign of Felipe Calderon
Juan Camilo Mouriño General Coordinator of President Elect's transition team
Ernesto Cordero Coordinator for Public Policy Issues
Mr. Carlos de Icaza, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Mr. Gaëtan Lavertu Ambassador of Canada to Mexico
Ms. Maria Teresa Garcia Segovia de Madero, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada
Mr. Thomas Huffaker U.S. Consul General in Calgary (on DOD's list)
Mr. John Dickson Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Ottawa
(representing Ambassador of US to Canada)
Mr. Colin Robertson Minister & Head, Washington Advocacy Secretariat,
(representing Ambassador of Canada to US)
Draft Detailed September 1, 2006 Agenda
North American Forum
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
September 12-14, 2006
Under the Joint Chairmanship of:
The Hon. George Shultz, Former
U.S. Secretary of State
The Hon. Pedro Aspe, Former Finance Minister of Mexico
The Hon. Peter Lougheed, Former Premier of Alberta
Continental Prosperity in the New Security Environment
Session I: Opening comments by Messrs. Aspe, Lougheed and Shultz
Session II: A Vision for North America: Issues and Options
Session III: Toward a North American Energy Strategy
Session IV: Opportunities for Security Cooperation in North America (Parts I and II)
Session V: Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration
Session VI: Border Infrastructure and Continental Prosperity
Session VII: Roundtable Conversation with the Co-Chairs
Draft September 1, 2006 Agenda
North American Forum
The Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta, Canada
September 12-14, 2006
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This James Woolsey?
Oh boy, are we in deep shit!
Defense Policy Board: Member
Center for Security Policy: Honorary co-chair
Booz Allen Hamilton: Vice President, Global Strategic Security Division
Right Web News
last updated: November 22, 2003
Highlights & Quotes
Like many of his cohorts in the hawk/neocon world, James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, wears many hats--he is an active member of several hardline policy organizations, he is well-connected to administration insiders and serves on an influential Pentagon policy outfit, he has advised a long line of Pentagon contractors, and he is an influential presence in the nation's media.
In a March 2003 report about the potential conflicts of interest of several members of the Defense Policy Board, the Center for Public Integrity highlighted Woolsey as a case in point: "Former CIA director James Woolsey is a principal in the Paladin Capital Group, a venture-capital firm that like Perle's Trireme Partners is soliciting investment for homeland security firms. Woolsey joined consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as vice president in July 2002. The company had contracts worth more than $680 million in 2002. Woolsey told the Wall Street Journal that he does no lobbying and that none of the companies he has ties to have been discussed during a Defense Policy Board meeting." (17)
Woolsey served on the controversial Donald Rumsfeld-chaired Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat, whose final report, issued in 1998, argued that several "rogue" countries would be able to target the United States with ballistic missiles in a few short years. Other members of the Rumsfeld-chaired commission included William Schneider, Jr., Stephen Cambone, and Paul Wolfowitz. For more on the commission, see "What They Didn't Do" by Lisbeth Gronlund and David Wright in the November/December 1998 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. (18)
Woolsey also participated in a study group that produced "Rationale and Requirements for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control," a report published by the hawkish National Institute for Public Policy in 2001. According to the World Policy Institute, the NIPP study served as a blueprint for George W. Bush's Nuclear Posture Review. Among the study participants were several current and former Bush administration officials, including Stephen Cambone, Stephen Hadley, Robert Joseph, and Keith Payne (NIPP's director). (19)
Woolsey, along with several other NIPP study participants--including Keith Payne (NIPP's director)--moved directly from the NIPP study into the Pentagon's Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel, which was tasked with implementing George W. Bush's Nuclear Posture Review.
Woolsey was a fervent supporter of U.S. intervention in Iraq, arguing during the run up to the war, "We really don't need the Europeans. Anyways, they will be the first in line patting us on the back following our success and saying they were with us all along." He also said, "Only fear will re-establish [Arab] respect for us. ... We need a little bit of Machiavelli." (Quoted in the Glasgow Sunday Herald, April 13, 2003)
Parroting his neocon buddy and fellow Defense Policy Board member Eliot Cohen, Woolsey argued in an April 2003 speech that "the Iraq war was part of "World War IV. ... This is going to be a long war, very long indeed. I hope not as long as the Cold War, 40 plus years, but certainly longer than either World War I or World War II. I rather imagine it's going to be measured, I'm afraid, in decades." (5)
A comment on "Deep Integration Planned at Secret Conference Ignored by the Media"
by: mjclarke on Tuesday, September 19 2006
The apathy among the citizens concerning this de facto annexation clearly demonstrates that our "democracy" has failed to educate its people on the important issues. Without informed voters it is impossible to have a valid election outcome. Without a valid election outcome a democracy becomes nothing more than a pseudo-democratic shill for rule by policy-making elites, which means we live in a plutocracy. It looks like the Canadian Action Party is the only clear voice in the wilderness in this country. The problem is that they are only a tiny voice in the wilderness, and, as the article points out, the elites' covert action to annex Canada is happening right now. I find this extremely disheartening, because one of the (less important but still very good) reasons I became a Canadian was that I wouldn't have to be an "American" anymore. Think about how mad I am now! The Harperites/Coniberals are traitors for allowing the NAU. It would be one thing if the
U.S. was a moral country, but it is instead the biggest terrorist on the planet. It is unbelievable that most Canadians don't care about the NAU integration. I work in an office of about 45 people and have been warning them about Deep Integration for several years. Along with my concerns for social justice and environmental responsibility, I am seen as a "fringe" thinker. Only my exceptional job performance has kept me from being fired. That said, about a year ago my boss called me in and gave me some shit just for good measure. The upshot was that "I was upsetting some fellow workers." I am now banned from talking politics at work, even though my fellow workers consider themselves "leading edge professionals". When nobody wants to hear anything "controversial", it tells me that I am living in a corrupt culture that only likes comfort, not truth. Is this not a characteristic of a degenerate society? Another indication of the strength of the corporatists is the toppling of the Swedish government this week. From what I observed, the party just voted into power is dominated by neo-liberal economic philosophy. Yes, conservative forces are spreading everywhere, not just Canada. These elites believe that people around the world must be subjugated by their de facto "international union of transnational corporatist states" before the global financial tsunami that so many think is unavoidable hits everybody and the dystopia results in anarchy.
Here is another telling comment:
Authored by: boflaade on Tuesday, September 19 2006
And somehow we are to believe that the Softwood "agreement" wasn't agreed prior to Harper announcing it was. I am also wondering if this meeting would be of interest to the public. The average Canadian will slurp their coffee's over the morning paper and at most shrug their shoulders and continue on to the sports section. It's not just apathy, it's the constant bombardment of their world being screwed again. No one expects to have the government(s)doing anything for their benefit and obviously can sleep with it. If Thompson could make more then those of us on VIVELECANADA more aware, how many will react? "Secret meetings held by three governments in Banff " don't make headlines anymore. People expect it and assume they will be briefed when it's over. When it is over, few will remember to ask. Members of this vast meeting are very well aware that if the media aren't aware of the discussions, the media has nothing to report. No one can protest if they too are unaware of what's being said. A very well planned party. This is not a meeting to see if the North American Union is feasible. It's a meeting to discuss the details of an already made plan. There is no turning back and doubtfully no head of state will stop the ball from rolling at this stage. No one person can. We will all be briefed eventually.
Authored by: Ed Deak on Wednesday, September 20 2006
The capitalist media is, in many ways, far more controlled and censored than the fascist, nazi and communists medias I have grown up with and known. The same for the educational systems, especially at the university
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North American Forum held in secret at Banff Springs Hotel
* U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld listed as keynote speaker; critics say presence of "war criminal" should have been announced
By Aaron Paton
September 19, 2006
Banff Crag & Canyon - A handful of Banff residents are outraged the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel hosted American political leaders in a series of secret meetings with political and business leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
And they're suggesting the conference included a man some consider to be the most powerful man in America: U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
An internal document obtained by the Banff Crag & Canyon shows that Rumsfeld was scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Wednesday, Sept. 13, although no one at the hotel would confirm or deny that he was in Banff.
Reported sightings of Rumsfeld couldn't be confirmed by the Crag, but his speech was supposed to have been entitled: Opportunities for Security Co-operation in North America -- Military-to-military Co-operation. It was scheduled for 1:30
Sgt. Wayne Wiebe of the Banff RCMP said he had heard that internationally protected persons (IPPs) like Rumsfeld may have been coming to Banff last week but increased police security was not requested by the Banff Springs.
The 2006 North American Forum, entitled Continental Prosperity in the New Security Environment, was hosted by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives with help from the Canada West Foundation at the Springs from Sept. 12 to 14. The first North American Forum that happened in October, 2005 in Sonoma, Calif. was also kept secret.
Banff taxi driver Chris Foote said he heard rumblings of Rumsfeld's alleged visit soon after he noticed that a Mexican Flag had been placed atop the Banff Springs.
"People should know if these people are getting together and talking," Foote said. "(Canada, Mexico and America) have three conservative governments now and all of the sudden this is happening."
Foote, a former Green Party candidate in Wild Rose, added that whether or not Rumsfeld was in town, many people in Banff would be appalled that the Springs was supposedly hosting a man he termed a "war criminal," and will protest at the Banff Springs on Monday, Sept. 25 at 3
Former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed co-chaired the event alongside former U.S. secretary of state George Shultz and former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe. Canadians scheduled to attend included Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier and Alberta Energy Minister Greg Melchin.
American invitees included Rumsfeld, his assistant, Lt. Gen. Gene Renuart and former secretary of energy and defence James Schlesinger.
The list also includes businessmen such as Roger Gibbins, president and CEO of Canada West Foundation, and Ron T. Covais, president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, which is the largest weapons manufacturer in the United States.
Topics included "A Vision for North America," "A North American Energy Strategy," "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration," and "Opportunities for Security Co-operation."
John Larsen, spokesman for the North American Forum, said that the public was not notified of the closed and private meeting and would not confirm or deny that Rumsfeld or anyone else was in attendance. He said he did not know who paid for the forum.
"There are all kinds of conferences going on at the Banff Springs that draw Illuminatis and if those conferences are private in nature then I think we also have to respect that these people, by nature of the offices that they hold, still have a right to a certain degree of privacy," Larsen said.
He added that the meetings are not meant to be secret and that individuals are allowed to say if they attended the forum.
"People that are relatively senior in business if they're going to come to these things and put their open and frank discussions on the table in order for those conversations to be as fruitful as possible they want to think that there's some (confidentiality).
"You can imagine that if this was all televised or open to public scrutiny, the nature of the conversations and ultimately what you would be able to do with those conversations and how far you might be able to advance the solutions around it would be different."
The only media member invited to the event was the Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia O'Grady, according to the list of participants provided to the Crag.
Banff resident Aaron Doncaster heard that Rumsfeld may have been coming last week and handed out pamphlets to customers and hotel workers at the Banff Springs soon after the event had ended.
"It disturbs me because he's got a lawsuit against him from the American Civil Liberties Association for the torture and abuse of prisoners of war in U.S. military custody," Doncaster said.
He added that the public should have been notified of the forum regardless of Rumsfeld's presence in Banff.
"Protesters have a right to be heard," Doncaster said. "That's the most democratic way we can show our disapproval of our elected officials."
A peaceful protest will be held outside the Banff Springs Hotel next Monday,
Sept.25 at 3 p.m. on the sidewalk of Spray Avenue. The pamphlet advertising says "We are protesting the Banff Springs Hotel's involvement in this crime of treason against Canadian, American and Mexican Citizens."
Banff Springs spokesperson Lori Grant said it's against the hotel's policy to talk about any meetings or guests at the hotel.
"In Canada we have the right to protest, so they can," Grant said.
All documents obtained by the Crag were obtained from Canadian publisher and politician Mel Hurtig.
He's the author of political writings such as The Betrayal of Canada, The Vanishing Country and Rushing to Armageddon.
"It's astonishing that there could be such an important meeting of so many high-level people from government and other organizations where apparently the desire was to not let the public know about these meetings," Hurtig said. "All Canadians had best be concerned about the purpose of this conference and what went on at the conference.
"The fact that they're having these meetings in secret is of even greater concern."
Stockwell Day and Peter Lougheed did not immediately return phone calls but the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was not in Banff last week.
Rumours circulating in Banff said the hotel's fourth floor was taken up by the conference and that many of its attendees showed up in the middle of the night in buses.
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