Leaked document reveals bulk water exports to be discussed at continental integration talks



    OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The leaked document of a prominent
Washington-based think tank obtained by the Council of Canadians reveals that
government officials and business leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United
States are scheduled to discuss bulk water exports in a closed-door meeting at
the end of the month as part of a larger discussion on North American
integration.
    Titled the "North American Future 2025 Project," the initiative being led
by the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the
Conference Board of Canada and the Mexican Centro de Investigacisn y Docencia
Econsmicas calls for a series of "closed-door meetings" on North American
integration dealing with a number of highly contentious issues including bulk
water exports, a joint security perimeter and a continental resource pact.
    According to the document, a roundtable on the "Future of the North
American Environment," is planned for this Friday April 27 in Calgary, and
will discuss "water consumption, water transfers and artificial diversions of
bulk water" with the aim of achieving "joint optimum utilization of the
available water."
    "This is just the latest in a series of closed-door meetings that grant
the business sector privileged access while shutting out the public," says
Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. "The document
is damning not just because it outlines a process that lacks transparency and
accountability," says Barlow, "but also because of what is being discussed by
governments and so-called corporate stakeholders."
    The document also reveals that "trilateral coordination of energy policy"
and the development of "North American security architecture" are being
discussed by high-level government officials from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
    The Council of Canadians is demanding that the Canadian government cease
all further participation in such talks on North American integration until
there is parliamentary debate and meaningful public consultation on the issue.




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