You, Me, and the SPP

What do secrecy, police provocateurs, an assault on democracy, and infringements on citizens’ rights have in common? The Security Prosperity Partnership.

You, Me, and the S.P.P: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule is a feature length documentary by Nanaimo filmmaker Paul Manly which exposes the latest manifestation of a corporatist agenda that is undermining the democratic authority of the citizens of North America. Two processes, the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) are rapidly eroding and eliminating standards, civil liberties, regulatory systems, and institutions put in place over generations through the democratic process. Proponents of the SPP say that it is needed to keep trade flowing. Opponents say, not only will it undermine the democratic authority of citizens, it threatens the sovereignty of the three NAFTA nations through the integration of military, security structures and regulatory regimes.

In the film, Naomi Klein, award-winning Canadian journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine says “… after the shock of September 11 … that crisis was expertly manipulated by our political leaders to push through a range of policies they actually had wanted to push through before September 11, but didn’t have the political conditions that made that possible.”

Gordon Laxer, Director, The Parkland Institute, Alberta, says that “…if we go along with the Americans on their military, on their human rights, on their Patriot Act, on immigration and refugee policy, on energy, on all kinds of regulations over pesticides or whatever, then they will allow us access to their markets.”

Canadian author and journalist Murray Dobbin comments that “… what the SPP really represents is a parallel government, so that the important decisions are either made outside of parliament and outside of legislatures or they make it impossible for those kinds of decisions to be made in those legislative bodies, so that democracy is slowly being gutted.”

DVD copies of the film ‘You, Me, and the S.P.P’ can be ordered from Manly Media at $31.25 including taxes, shipping, and handling. In Nanaimo, copies are available at The Green Store next to the food court at Port Place Mall, 54-650 South Terminal Avenue.