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Peace News
Tuesday, 22 March 2005 04:28
Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Tomorrow morning Prime Minister Paul Martin flies to Texas to meet with George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox.  In his briefcase is a stack of proposals given to him by Canada's corporate executives. They want Martin to help Bush fight his global wars and create a North American Free Trade Fortress.

And they will not rest until we give George W. Bush everything he wants.

That's why I am writing to you to ask for your help. Because we know we can stop them with your help.

It's your letters, your actions and your support for http://www.ceasefire.ca that forced Prime Minister Paul Martin to reject Bush's Star Wars scheme. I strongly believe we must all celebrate wonderful political victories like this one because it keeps us going, and at the same time we can't let up the pressure for even a moment.

The corporate executives refuse to accept defeat.  The President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce vowed they will fight until they overturn the government's decision. They don't care that the majority of Canadians don't want Bush's Star Wars or that it's a threat to our security. They have one motive - make a buck, and they don't care how they make it.

Tom d'Aquino, a Canadian and head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, is touring U.S. cities denouncing our country - his own  country. He's telling Americans that "Canada has to get its act together."

And this past weekend at the Conservative Party convention Stephen Harper pledged that if he wins the next election he will reopen talks with George W. Bush to join his missile system.

Publicly Martin is trying to keep his distance from the corporations, but I'm deeply concerned about that stack of corporate proposals in his briefcase and I wonder how much further he's willing to go.  His actions speak for themselves - it's alarming how much of the corporate military agenda he's already implemented. It's only when public opinion is well informed and strongly articulated that he's forced to do what's best for Canada.

That's why we're expanding our http://www.ceasefire.ca campaign to keep weapons out of space and to keep Canada out of George W. Bush's global wars and Fortress North America.

Sadly, Prime Minister Martin has shown he's willing to march to the beat of the Pentagon and Canadian corporations who can make a buck from George W. Bush's global wars. Martin's actions speak for themselves:

* The government is seriously considering a proposal to build an experimental X-band radar station in Newfoundland for NORAD - the same type of radar used for the U.S. missile defence system.

* This year's budget pumped $12.8 billion into Canadian military spending over five years to recruit thousands more soldiers, to double the number of secret commandos, and to make the Canadian Forces better suited to fight alongside U.S. forces by buying advanced weaponry such as "smart bombs."

* The Canadian military is arguing that because our troops in Afghanistan are "peacekeepers," the Geneva Conventions don't apply to people we capture, hood, bind, and hand over to U.S. prisons where they could be tortured and even murdered.

* The government is allowing our environmental satellites to be operated by Canadian defence corporations to sell spy imagery for millions of dollars to the U.S. military and other, sometimes undisclosed, foreign governments.

* Martin's new Ambassador to the U.S., Frank McKenna, has ties to the Bush family and the arms industry through his long-time membership in the shadowy Washington, D.C. investment firm, the Carlyle Group.

What more will Paul Martin give to George W. Bush? It's frightening.

Because the stakes for Canadian sovereignty and democracy are grave. The corporations and the Bush administration have been using a combination of backroom lobbying and media attacks to prevent the government from responding to the desires and demands of Canadians like you and me.

We can't let the likes of Tom d'Aquino and George W. Bush set the agenda. We know that with your help we can build upon our most recent success and push our work forward to protect Canada's security. We're adopting a multiple strategy campaign:

* Today I am on my way up to Parliament Hill to speak with reporters and meet with MPs from many parties to discuss our concerns about Paul Martin's agenda for his meeting with Bush and Fox;

* The Polaris Institute is actively involved in the Maher Arar Inquiry to show how intelligence-sharing agreements have jeopardized the safety and human rights of Canadians;

* I just recently testified before the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee to urge MPs to prevent our environmental satellites from being used as spy satellites to help the U.S.'s wars;

* I met with U.S. peace activists, including former California Senator Tom Hayden, in St. Louis to plan for ways we can create a sanctuary in Canada in case of a possible reinstatement of the U.S. military draft, just as we did during the Vietnam war;

* In a presentation to senior government officials and civil society colleagues on space weapons, I set out a plan for Canada to take a lead role in achieving an international ban;

* Next month I will join colleagues and thousands of other people from around the world at the United Nations to call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

Last fall I appealed to you to send letters through http://www.ceasefire.ca and to help me raise $20,000 for our campaign to stop missile defence - and we did it! Now I am calling on you once again to join me in this campaign to defend Canada from George W. Bush and Canada's defence and corporate lobbies.

As part of our work we've joined forces with other organizations to send letters to Paul Martin urging him to protect Canadian sovereignty and democracy during his meeting with George Bush tomorrow. You can send your letter to the Prime Minister by visiting http://www.ceasefire.ca.

Canadian corporations that profit from George W. Bush's global wars will not rest until they force Martin to give Bush everything he wants. But we know a well-informed public can stop them. That's why I am asking you to join me by making your most generous donation to http://www.ceasefire.ca to help launch our campaign to protect Canada.

My sincerest thanks for your support,

Steven Staples
Polaris Institute
and founder of http://www.ceasefire.ca

P.P.S. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or questions. My direct e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2005 04:28
 

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