NAFTA Superhighway Needs Protection From Protectionism

To state that “Trade Corridors Need Protection From Protectionism” is to admit to their very existence! Hats off to the Winnipeg Free Press for...

To state that “Trade Corridors Need Protection From Protectionism” is to admit to their very existence! Hats off to the Winnipeg Free Press for not only admitting that this corridor system exists, but also for the great news that it actually needs protection as they alert us to in their recent article titled the same.

But does the Trade Corridor really need protection from protectionism or from a citizenry that is quickly waking up to what is actually at stake here? If nothing were at stake and there were only buckets of prosperity waiting for all of us on both sides of the border, then why all the secrecy? Perhaps the idea really needs protection from a people that have been kept in the dark about its creation and are now finally waking up to the fact that this corporate controlled ‘trade corridor system’ is simply another incremental step (although a major one) towards the stated goal of our governments to CONSOLIDATE North America into what is better known as, the North American Union!

Protection from Protectionism? What is protectionism? Lets take a closer look at it’s basic definition:

The Oxford Dictionaries describes it as “the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by taxing imports.”

An online source from Investopedia describes protectionism as “Government actions and policies that restrict or restrain international trade, often done with the intent of protecting local businesses and jobs from foreign competition. Typical methods of protectionism are import tariffs, quotas, subsidies or tax cuts to local businesses and direct state intervention.” describes it this way, “Governmental policy aimed at shielding a fragile economy, or a weak or critical sector, from cheaper or better imports through imposition of high duty rates (tariff barriers), quotas, and/or inordinately stringent or time consuming inspection or quality regulations (non-tariff barriers). All countries practice protectionism in one form or another but, generally, without going to any extreme.”

So the Winnipeg Free Press is trying to warn Canadians that this privately owned and operated, NAFTA Superhighway/Trade Corridor Project that is currently being developed (with the use our tax money), needs protection from government actions and policies that are implemented to protect Canadian jobs and businesses and aim to shield our weak and critical sectors during a time when we are seeing our own trading partners doing the same. During the last American election, Obama was seen on national television spewing campaign rhetoric to American workers and potential voters that if he was elected President, he would renegotiate/amend NAFTA. The United States under the Obama administration, continues to include in various job stimulus legislation they pass, “Buy American” provisions aimed at protecting U.S. industry. Regardless of what is negotiated between the three countries at trade summits such as the North American Leaders Summit, G-20 etc.

Those occupying the seats of our government seem very determined to stick to their “no new protectionism” pledge and NOT protect it’s own workers and industry, as a result, we’ve had to continually fight and literally beg the Americans for exemptions in their “Buy American” initiatives/protectionist measures. These protectionist measures are sometimes very complex provisions that come with different sets of rules for Federal and State level projects thus making it even more difficult to try and level the playing field making it fair for everyone in this ‘partnership’.

The WTO Claims That, On Average, A G20 Country Has VIOLATED The “No New Protectionism” Pledge Once Every Three Days Since Last November!

Consider how dangerous it is for our government to be making pledges of this nature with globalist organizations, especially in this political and economic climate of uncertainty we are all faced with. Consider how dangerous and binding pledges like these are, and how they leave Canadians workers exposed to the “globalist agenda of the day” instead of what’s best for Canada and its people. With blind faith, the WFP article goes on to say, “We must avoid the siren call of protectionism. When borders become choke-points, then production lines slow and the prosperity of all partners is diminished. Beggar-thy-neighbour policies such as ‘Buy America’ or ‘Buy Canada’ cost taxpayers and do little to protect jobs”

There is nothing wrong with supporting your local businesses (Buy Canada) and purposely purchasing products that are Made in Canada first! There should be no shame in seeking out products that are made or grown locally. If we want to talk about the environmental impacts of globalization, lets talk about the ridiculousness of plowing down acre upon acre of land from as far south as Mexico and straight up into Canada just to build a trade corridor system in an attempt to make it easier to truck in disposable products that can and should be made right here, closer to the source, closer to the end user. There is nothing wrong with choosing to shop at local stores instead of driving across the border to shop. Let’s remember, these local stores are sadly the main source of employment for many people living in your community. If you think your saving a few dollars slipping across the border to buy those winter clothes for the kids, think a little harder!

That all being said, being open and honest about the agenda to create this ‘NAFTA Superhighway’ or ‘International Trade Corridor System’, is something our own government failed to do, even after being given the chance to speak on the merits of the idea on national television as far back as 2007. With great contempt during a press conference that was held after the Montebello Quebec S.P.P. Summit,  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joked that a Superhighway rumored to be in the works linking the three countries could also be “interplanetary”. The joke was really on us because only three years later in January of 2010,  Stephen Harper with Winnipeg’s new Inland Port officials announced quietly that under ‘Canada’s Economic Action Plan’, tax payer money would be used to build the very Trade Corridor system that he previously laughed off as pure conspiracy theory. At this same ‘dog and pony show’, Harper also took the opportunity to inform those paying attention of the immediate steps he would be taking in this new trade mission. An all out effort would now be given to “sell” the inland port and trade corridor idea to potential tenants and trade partners and then to the Canadian citizens.
Video:  Harper Announces NAFTA Superhighway- The One He Said Didn’t Exist!

Their ‘interplanetary’ marketing mission kicked off in Guanajuato, Mexico and included visits to Dallas and Fort Worth Texas, Memphis Tennessee, and Chicago. “This mission is about meeting key decision makers, learning more about their needs, exploring joint opportunities and promoting the strategic advantages of CentrePort Canada, such as the fact WE are now a North American foreign trade zone”- CentrePort CEO Diane Gray.  “It is also about getting a first-hand look and gaining a community-wide understanding of all the factors that go into building a successful inland port.”

Just in case you were wondering, CentrePort Canada states in their own documents that they are not a Crown Corporation of Canada but rather, a Private Corporation!  So here we have our Prime Minister initially lying to Canadians about the agenda to create this Transportation and Trade Corridor system, followed by an announcement that not only are they building it, they are also dedicating Canadian tax payer money to this private corporate controlled enterprise to make it happen. Since when did heads of a private corporation become comfortable enough operating out of Canada that they would be the ones to announce to Canadians that they are a North American Foreign Trade Zone?

We must ask ourselves, who will benefit most from the development of this Trade Corridor system? We can start by looking at who the biggest advocates of such a system are. In Canada, it’s no secret that most of the major corporations operating out of this country are in fact, American corporations. Thanks to “Free Trade” deals of the past, we have all sat and watched as Canadian owned and operated companies either got bought out by the Americans or simply closed down because they could no longer compete with American “Big Box” stores moving into our neighborhoods and still be able to provide Canadian workers with a decent wage and working conditions.

When our government, media and corporate talking heads tell us, this is something the Canadian business community desperately needs, what they are essentially saying is, American corporations acting as Canadian corporations out of Canada, feel our present infrastructure, trade policy and different sets of  laws, rules and standards are a barrier to trade with themselves. They are standing in their way to increased profits and less red-tape. The purposed solution this time around is a massive trade corridor and inland port system. A multimodal transportation system where they will no longer be subject to multiple customs inspections when their shipping trucks and containers cross back and fourth over our traditional land borders and ports. A legal jurisdiction where traditional/established laws and customs do not necessarily apply to them but does necessarily come attached with new laws and regulations that will apply to citizens and land owners.

With their “just in time” delivery model (JIT), shipping and inventory control has become overly critical and time sensitive. Both are now closely linked to profitability and market penetration. Lets remember, this request for a dedicated infrastructure, relaxed security and harmonized laws and regulations on the importing and exporting of goods over our borders is happening at a time when we are also being told (by the very same people) that we need to accept increased security measures such as, RFID and Bio-metrically equipped ID cards, Passports. We are currently being told that we need to accept the fact that our government at the request of the American government is building a threat assessment profile on each and every on of us. Under the Beyond the Borders Agreement, this information will be shared with the United States. This request to lower the security standards and reduce inspections is happening at a time when we are also being told that we must deal with the fact that unmanned predator drones are now patrolling our northern borders. We are told we need to accept all of these new intrusive measures due to the ongoing terrorist threat that has persisted since 9/11.

How many times have we been told by the business community that unless we accept more corporate tax breaks and/or higher retail sales taxes it will be all doom and gloom for our economy? How many times have they sounded the alarm shouting ‘if Canada doesn’t sign this free trade deal or the other’, our economy is going to greatly suffer. How many times have they made the claim that they wont be able to create the desperately needed new jobs if we don’t sign this or that? Yet it seems that each time they get what they say they needed, we in turn see very little of our efforts and sacrifices pay off for the common Canadian. We see very little of this promised prosperity trickle down into our hands, the Canadian worker. No, instead, we are still being asked to do more for less, we are still paying higher taxes, the cost of essential products and services continue to climb out of control while corporate profits in key sectors continue to grow year after year? When are we going to stop believing them when they say prosperity for us is just one trade deal away?

For those that have been following these incremental steps that are being taken by our governments (at the advice of big business) to move us further towards continental integration, further consolidation of North America into what many warned us about, a North American Union, this quote included in the WFP article might sound a tad familiar  “The North American idea is ready to go the next step. It is not the EU model but rather a North American idea”.

If you’ve been following the progression of this North American Union agenda, you should realize that this is not about some corporate/globalist ‘boogie man’ they call ‘protectionism’ that must be somehow stomped out. If you’ve been paying attention, you will know that everything they are calling for, from the increased security measures via the implementation of an RFID/Biometric ID system and the creation of  ‘smart borders’ ready to use utilize it, to the creation of a Common Security Perimeter for the whole of North America and yes, even the creation of this ‘NAFTA Superhighway’, was all called for by the heads of corporations operating out of Canada, the United States and Mexico and the extremely influential organizations that represent them. Organizations such as the CFR and their Canadian franchise, the CCCE.

What we see happening here is yet another incremental accomplishment and implementation via our government, of the many documented goals of these very powerful and influential corporations. It’s obvious that the SPP didn’t really die as many of it’s proponents had thought. The SPP simply accomplished its objective; to create a framework or guide to govern the future steps that our governments must take if their corporate dream known as, North American Union is to become a reality.

“Within weeks of September 11, Thomas d’Aquino, president of the Business Council on National Issues (now the Canadian Council of Chief Executives/CCCE), started calling for “more fundamental harmonization and integration” with the U.S. to keep the borders open to trade. He sent then-prime minister Jean Chrétien and U.S. President Bush a letter urging the countries to adopt a “smart border” that would “use technology to enhance both security and the flow of goods and people across the border.” Thus the smart border action plan between Canada and the U.S. was created to share intelligence, including passenger information for flights between the two countries”

 Sadly, there is more at stake here then the potential loss of a trade corridor system at the hands of protectionism. Globalists can cry me a river! While you’re simply worried about your profit margins, informed Canadians  are worried about important concepts which are clearly not built into your business models. Concepts you can’t seem to grasp while looking at that latest pie-chart on your computer screen. Important issues like ‘National Sovereignty’, ‘Our Constitutional Rights And Freedoms’, ‘Our Way Of Life’, ‘Our Natural Resources And Environment’, ‘The Rule Of Law’ and even our ability to remain a country in more then just name, the country we all know and love called Canada!