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NEWS: North American foreign ministers to meet in Wakefield, Dec. 13

A Canadian government media release announces that, “Canada will host the North American Foreign Ministers Meeting on December 13, 2010, in Wakefield, Quebec.”

Foreign Affairs minister Lawrence Cannon, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa will be at this meeting.

“In their trilateral meeting, Minister Cannon and secretaries Clinton and Espinosa will discuss key issues that Canada, the United States and Mexico face individually and as a region, including the state of the economy and North American prosperity, international security, energy and climate change, the health and safety of citizens, and matters concerning the western hemisphere as a whole.”

Cannon states, “We need to go on working together to ensure the security and well-being of our citizens, as well as the economic recovery and continued prosperity of North America.”

Having just visited the communities of San Luis Potosi, Cerro San Pedro, Dolores Hidalgo, Salamanca, and Ecatepec in Mexico, Mr. Cannon’s words ring very hollow.

The Council of Canadians fought to defeat the undemocratic and harmful Security and Prosperity Partnership which sought the ‘deep integration’ of the economies of these three countries.

A profoundly different vision of climate, water and trade justice is needed, not more of what Cannon, Clinton and Espinosa will be discussing in Wakefield.