Stuart Trew, Council of Canadians
June 17, 2008
Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Wilson, will address the secretive invite-only North American Forum gathering today (June 17, 8:30 a.m.), according to a press release from the World Affairs Council forwarded to Integrate This! by Teresa Healy of the Canadian Labour Congress.
“Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees will engage in off-the-record discussions on a range on critical topics including security, energy resources, climate change, arms and drug trafficking, economic integration and competitiveness,” says the release. “The conference will close with a roundtable discussion led by the three Co-Chairs.”
This is the fourth North American Forum meeting since the first took place, very quietly, in Sonoma, California. The event, which has been described as a “sister organization” to the Security and Prosperity Partnership, is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schultz, former Mexican Finance Minister Pedro Aspe, and former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. According to the World Affairs Council, “the agenda for each meeting is tri-national in scope and promotes discussion among 75 delegates from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.”
Security, economic competitiveness, energy and the environment will be the primary topics on the agenda, “as leading scholars, business leaders and policy experts are convened… from June 15-17, 2008 in Washington, D.C.” says the press release. “These topics will be considered through the lens of collaboration among Mexico, Canada and the United States, particularly in light of the upcoming U.S. elections.”
The contents of Ambassador Wilson’s speech are predictable. He has been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, dispatching minions to try and convince every major American policymaker that without NAFTA, the North American economy will collapse. The bigger problem is that Wilson will be representing the government of Canada at a private gathering that has to date purposely excluded the media and public from seeing exactly what is being discussed behind closed doors.
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