The National Council of Women of Canada

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, Ontario
August 9, 2007
National Council of Women of Canada

Whose Security? Whose Prosperity?

National Council of Women of Canada
Media Release
For immediate release
August 9, 2007

The National Council of Women of Canada have major concerns with the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), a secretive agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
NCWC policy states that any trade agreement that Canada enters into should guarantee:
* That Canadian political sovereignty is retained.
* That Canada sign only those agreements that guarantee Canadian ownership and control of vital natural resources.
* That the Government of Canada assert sovereignty over Canadian water resources, and ensure that multilateral trade agreements
guarantee compliance with Canadian ownership and control over the delivery of vital natural resources.
* That the Government of Canada retain and promote an active, independent and strong regulatory role in the protection of the environment.
* That the Government of Canada respect the economic, political and constitutional sovereignty of Canada … and guarantee Canadian ownership and control over the delivery of vital natural resources… and guarantee compliance with Canadian environmental standards.

This agreement has not been debated in or sanctioned by our Parliament. We believe that it threatens our sovereignty and puts control of our natural resources such as the Tar Sands and water at risk. For the U.S. government to negotiate a trade agreement manifestly to the advantage of international business interests using the “motherhood and apple pie” issue of security and prevention of terrorism is highly suspect. It’s the 21st century version of “if you’re not for us, you’re against us.” For a Canadian government to agree to such an undebated surrender of our sovereignty is shameful and unacceptable.

We demand that all SPP discussions be brought into the legislative and public domains immediately.

Karen Dempsey President National Council of Women of Canada 613 232 5025

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