President Obama hosted Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Washington, D.C., this week for the so-called “North American Leaders Summit,” announcing further integration of the three governments across a broad range of fields. The meeting, however, fueled deep suspicion and concern among advocates of national sovereignty and the U.S. Constitution.
According to statements released after the gathering, Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada discussed everything from trade and energy to security, health, and narcotics. All agreed that more integration and trilateral cooperation was needed, supposedly for the benefit of the “peoples” of the region.
“Our integration helps maximize our capabilities and makes our economies more innovative and competitive globally,” the “three amigos” claimed in a joint statement released after the summit. “Working together, we strive to ensure that North American economic cooperation fosters gains in productivity for all of our citizens.”
To achieve that, the top officials said, they will work to harmonize the laws and regulations imposed on Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans. “By eliminating unnecessary regulatory differences, smaller businesses are better equipped to participate in an integrated North American economy,” the joint statement alleged. “Success in these efforts opens the way to additional North American regulatory cooperation.”
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Photo: President Barack Obama, center, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon arrive to participate in a joint news conference at the White House, April 2, 2012: AP Images