n another example of the way the three
nations of North America are being drawn into a federation, or
"merger," students from 10 universities in the U.S., Mexico and
Canada are participating annually in a simulated "model
Under the sponsorship of the Canadian based
North American Forum on Integration, students met in the Mexican
Senate for five days in May in an event dubbed "Triumvirate,"
with organizers declaring "A North American Parliament is born."
A similar event took place in the Canadian
Senate in 2005.
The intentions of organizers are clear.
"The creation of a North American parliament,
such as the one being simulated by these young people, should be
considered," explained Raymond Chretien, the president of the
Triumvirate and the former Canadian ambassador to both Mexico
and the U.S.
Participants discuss draft bills on trade
corridors, immigration, provisions of the North American Free
Trade Agreement and produce a daily newspaper called "The
The 10 universities taking part include
Harvard, American University, Carlton University, Simon Fraser,
Universite de Montreal, Ecole nationale d'administration
publique, Monterrey TEC, CIDE, Monterrey University and
Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud.
Officials taking part have included James
Williams, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada. The North
American Forum on Integration says the annual event enjoys the
support of the U.S. Embassy in Canada, the Canadian Embassy in
Mexico and the North American Development Bank. It also has been
supported by at least one U.S. news organization – the Houston
NAFI says it is "a non-profit organization
devoted to developing North American dialogue and networks and
at publicizing issues raised by North American integration."
The board of directors of NAFI include Robert
A. Pastor, professor and director of the Center for North
American Studies at American University and vice chairman of the
Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on North America. He has
testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on
the idea of merging the United States, Mexico and Canada in a
North American union stretching from Prudhoe Bay to Guatemala.
"What we need to do," Pastor instructed, "is
forge a new North American Community. ... Instead of stopping
North Americans on the borders, we ought to provide them with a
secure, biometric border pass that would ease transit across the
border like an E-Z pass permits our cars to speed through
Pastor is the author of "Toward a North
American Community," a book promoting the development of a North
American union as a regional government and the adoption of the
amero as a common monetary currency to replace the dollar and
As vice chairman of the May 2005 CFR task
force, he is an architect of the Building a North American
Community" plan that presents itself as a blueprint for using
bureaucratic action within the executive branches of Mexico, the
U.S. and Canada to transform the current trilateral Security and
Prosperity Partnership of North America into a North American
union regional government.
The CFR report is a five-year plan for the
"establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security
community" with a common "outer security perimeter." Some see it
as the blueprint for merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It
calls for "a common economic space ... for all people in the
region, a space in which trade, capital and people flow freely."
The CFR's strategy calls specifically for "a
more open border for the movement of goods and people." It calls
for laying "the groundwork for the freer flow of people within
North America." It calls for efforts to "harmonize visa and
asylum regulations." It calls for efforts to "harmonize entry
In "Building a North American Community," the
report states that Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin "committed their
governments" to this goal March 23, 2005, at that meeting in
Pastor believes the U.S. and Canadian
government should divert significant new taxpayer funding to
solving the problems of the poor in Mexico.
"If Canada and the United States contributed
just 10 percent of what the European Union spends on aid for its
poorest member, and if Mexico invested it wisely in
infrastructure and education, then Mexico could begin to grow at
twice the rate of its northern neighbors, and North America
would have found the magic formula to lift developing countries
to the level of the industrialized world," he said in 2002.
The next Triumvirate model parliament
conference will be in the United States – in either New York or
Washington, according to a spokeswoman for the North American
It's not just the mock "parliament" sessions
involving students of the three countries that raises concerns
among those suspicious about political and social "inertia"
moving the U.S. into a European Union-style merger with its
northern and southern neighbors.
Earlier this month, a high-level, top-secret
meeting of the North American Forum took place in Banff, Canada
– with topics ranging from "A Vision for North America,"
"Opportunities for Security Cooperation" and "Demographic and
Social Dimensions of North American Integration."
Pastor was listed as a confirmed participant
in that meeting, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Central
Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey, former
Immigration and Naturalization Services Director Doris Meissner,
former Defense Secretary William Perry, former Energy Secretary
and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger and top officials of
both Mexico and Canada.
Opposition is mounting to such meetings,
policy papers and presidential directives leading to what some
critics characterize as "NAFTA on steroids." The concerns began
in earnest March 31, 2005, when the elected leaders of the U.S.,
Mexico and Canada agreed to advance the agenda of the Security
and Prosperity Partnership of North America.
Perhaps the most blistering criticism came
earlier this summer from Lou Dobbs of CNN – a frequent critic of
President Bush's immigration policies.
"A regional prosperity and security program?"
he asked rhetorically in a recent cablecast. "This is absolute
ignorance. And the fact that we are – we reported this, we
should point out, when it was signed. But, as we watch this
thing progress, these working groups are continuing. They're
intensifying. What in the world are these people thinking about?
You know, I was asked the other day about whether or not I
really thought the American people had the stomach to stand up
and stop this nonsense, this direction from a group of elites,
an absolute contravention of our law, of our Constitution, every
national value. And I hope, I pray that I'm right when I said
yes. But this is – I mean, this is beyond belief."
No one seems quite certain what that agenda
is because of the vagueness of the official declarations. But
among the things the leaders of the three countries agreed to
work toward were borders that would allow for easier and faster
moving of goods and people between the countries.
Coming as the announcement did in the midst
of a raging national debate in the U.S. over borders seen as far
to open already, more than a few jaws dropped.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. and the chairman
of the House Immigration Reform Caucus as well as author of the
new book, "In Mortal Danger," may be the only elected official
to challenge openly the plans for the new superstate.
Responding to a WND report, Tancredo is
demanding the Bush administration fully disclose the activities
of the government office implementing the trilateral agreement
that has no authorization from Congress.
Tancredo wants to know the membership of the
Security and Prosperity Partnership groups along with their
various trilateral memoranda of understanding and other
agreements reached with counterparts in Mexico and Canada.
Why the secrecy?
Geri Word, who heads the SPP office, told WND
the work had not been disclosed because, "We did not want to get
the contact people of the working groups distracted by calls
from the public."
The concerns about the direction such
powerful men could lead Americans without their knowledge is
only heightened when interlocking networks are discovered. For
instance, one of the components envisioned for this future
"North American Union" is a superhighway running from Mexico,
through the U.S. and into Canada. It is being promoted by the
North American SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, a non-profit
group "dedicated to developing the world's first international,
integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along
the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation
Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality
of life in North America."
The president of NASCO is George Blackwood,
who earlier launched the North American International Trade
Corridor Partnership. In fact, NAITCP later morphed into NASCO.
A NAITCP summit meeting in 2004, attended by senior Mexican
government officials, heard from American University's Pastor.