The integration project began back in the mid-1980s with the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. In the 1990s, with the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Deep Integration program was expanded to include Mexico. The governments of the three countries, their corporate elites, and right wing academics are pushing the integration agenda forward. In the post 9-11 world, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have massively ramped up this process with a host of bi-lateral and tri-lateral agreements, such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). All these agreements entail a loss of Canadian independence, and ever closer integration of the regulations and policies of the three partner countries. Although North American governments declared the SPP “dead” in 2010, Canada continues to harmonize its rules and regulations with those of the U.S.
One of the most frightening aspects of these ‘trade’ agreements is the degree to which the public has been excluded from the process even as the corporate elite has been given privileged access.
It is not hard to see where this process is going: if present trends continue, in a few years the Canada we all know and love will disappear. Unless we can get the government to change course, it is just a matter of time until Canada is dissolved into a ‘North American Union’. Council members are adamantly opposed to this complete sell-out of Canadian independence, and have been working hard for years to stop the Deep Integration process.