IN THE HOUSE: Transcripts from Parliamentary hearings on the so-called SPP

The NDP has been actively working in the House of Commons on this critical file.

We have been calling for transparent and accountable public consultations and parliamentary debate and vote on the SPP agenda in the House of Commons. In Parliament, with the full support of Jack Layton and the entire NDP caucus, NDP Trade Critic, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) is succeeding in exposing the push by stealth for deep integration under both the Liberal and Conservative governments.

Peter Julian hosted the second Tri-National Forum in Ottawa on June 5, 2006, which included legislators and civil society representatives from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The Tri-National Forum was held to formulate fair trade people-centred alternatives to the business blueprint for deep-integration pushed through by stealth by government executive branch and bureaucracies.

The NDP has filed a number of Access to Information requests with regards to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America; tabled a Private Member's Motion in the House calling for fair and ethical trade; tabled a Question on the Order Paper re. the SPP. We will keep you posted as far as the results are concerned.

The NDP succeeded in their push to direct the Standing Committee on International Trade to hold the first-ever parliamentary hearings on SPP, held at the House of Commons in April-May 2007.

Enclosed you will find the transcripts from those Parliamentary hearings on the SPP held in Ottawa from April 26, 2007-May 10, 2007, where our witness list included: Bruce Campbell, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Teresa Healy from the Canadian Labour Congress, John Foster and Corrina Crawley from Common Frontiers and Gordon Laxer from the Parkland Institute.

We are starting to expose this agenda but this is the first step in what will be a long struggle as the NDP continues to push for a people-centred fair and ethical trade model in Canada.