International delegation denounces SPP on National Day of Action

    OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Leading opponents of the so-called
'Security and Prosperity Partnership' from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico called
upon NAFTA leaders to submit the partnership to public debate and a
parliamentary vote at a press conference in Ottawa today before heading to
Montebello to deliver 10, 000 petitions at the gates of the Chateau Montebello
where George Bush, Felipe Calderon and Stephen Harper will be meeting later
    Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, was
joined by Michèle Asselin, President of the Quebec Women's Federation,
Ann Wright, a retired U.S. State Department official, and Gustavo Iruegas,
Foreign Secretary of the Legitimate Government of Mexico.
    "The Security and Prosperity Partnership will not deliver security or
prosperity as long as it remains undemocratic," said Barlow. "All the meetings
so far have been held behind closed doors, none of the national legislatures
have been allowed to debate let alone vote on the SPP, and the only input has
come through powerful corporations who do not share the interests of the
public on energy, the environment, health, safety and security."

    Launched in March 2005, the SPP includes a continental resource pact, a
North American security perimeter, and common agricultural health, safety and
environmental policies.

    The delivery of petitions is part of a national day of action organized
by the Council of Canadians, in which Canadians across the country, will
demonstrate their opposition to the SPP through activities in their own
communities. Over 30 communities will be organizing marches, distributing
information and holding theatrical performances in every province across the

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