People’s Voice Editorial
Once again, the Harper government has signed a backroom deal giving the U.S. empire further new power to intervene in Canadian affairs. Signed on Feb. 14 in Texas, the agreement paves the way for the military forces of either Canada or the U.S. to send troops across each other’s borders during an “emergency.” The agreement was not announced by the federal government, despite (or perhaps because of) its grave new implications for Canadian sovereignty. The U.S. military’s Northern Command has publicized the agreement, signed by its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.‑Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command.
There is certainly wide potential for this agreement to militarize civilian responses to emergency incidents, and work is underway on a joint plan to protect common infrastructure such as roadways and oil pipelines. As the Council of Canadians pointedly asks, “Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?”
There are other questions about this treasonous deal, which is certainly not an agreement between equals. Since the U.S. military does not allow its troops to operate under foreign command, Yankee forces on Canadian soil would be beyond the control of Canadian governments, despite bland assurances that “civilian authorities” would be in charge of supposedly “benign cooperation.”
For several years, the trend towards closer integration of the Canadian Armed Forces into the U.S. military has been gathering momentum. There is only one tragic destination to this sellout of Canadian sovereignty: the elimination of any ability to control our own destiny in the northern half of the continent. Perhaps Mr. Harper’s aim is to be governor of the 51st U.S. state, but the peoples of Canada must reject such a scenario with all our power.