Officials on both sides of the border strongly deny the charges that they're engineering a North American Union.Millions of us North Americans visit each others' countries each year, but somehow I think he's refering to the "save and efficient movement" of "guest" workers and similar as well.
"All three governments are sovereign democracies, and the SPP work is the kind of standard intergovernmental diplomacy and co-ordination that occurs all the time on various issues," says U.S. Department of Commerce spokesman Matt Englehart.
Any steps that would require legal changes will be vetted by Congress, Mr. Englehart adds.
The pact aims simply to "promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods" among the three trading partners, he says.
The SPP aims "to build a safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America," says Melisa Leclerc, spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.In addition to quoting Jerome Corsi and the president of the John Birch Society, we get this:
But Robert Pastor, director of the Center of North American Studies at American University and an influential proponent of economic integration, says the SPP is no threat to sovereignty.The bottom line is that he supports the formation of such a union in the future, even if he thinks many preliminary steps need to be taken first. He also said that the formation of the NAU was just a crisis away.
"The idea of a North American Union is impossible.... There's no way these national governments are going to be dissolved," he says, noting that the relationships among the three nations are very different from those in Europe.
NAU · Sun, 02/18/2007 - 13:38 · Importance: 1