by Dana Gabriel
November 6, 2014
The globalist controlled Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
have called on the U.S. to work more closely with Canada and Mexico
to build a
new North American partnership for
The pivot to North America would focus
on greater trilateral cooperation in areas such as energy, economic
competitiveness, border management, law enforcement and continental
perimeter security. Throughout the years, the incremental steps
towards a North American Union have been used to further chip away
at the sovereignty of all three NAFTA countries.
Independent Task Force on North America, co-chaired by retired
General David Petraeus and former president of the World Bank
Robert Zoellick, recently released their report,
North America - Time for a New Focus.
The Task Force maintained that,
"Now is the moment for the United States to break
free from old foreign policy biases to recognize that a
stronger, more dynamic, resilient continental base will increase
U.S. power globally."
They explained that,
"If the three North American countries deepen
their integration and cooperation, they have the potential to
again shape world affairs for generations to come."
The Task Force also described how,
"Recent developments have created opportunities
for the North American countries to build on past work and to
advance their partnership to a new stage."
The move by Mexico to open up its energy sector to
private investment, along with increased oil and natural gas
production in Canada and the U.S. are some of the driving forces
behind the renewed push for deeper North American integration.
The Task Force report highlighted the need to expand the North
American energy relationship.
This includes developing a regional energy strategy
and strengthening continental energy infrastructure. The approval of
Keystone XL pipeline, which would link Canada's oil sands to U.S.
Gulf Coast refineries was also at the top of Task Force to-do list.
Keystone Pipeline System
(Operational and Proposed)
They acknowledged that,
"delays have damaged U.S.-Canada relations and
have the potential to slow, at the very least, greater North
American energy integration."
As part of efforts to move beyond the dispute, both
countries have signed a
of Understanding on Energy Cooperation in areas such as
research, regulation and trade.
In an example of the importance that energy issues
could play in the upcoming 2016 election, New Jersey Governor
Chris Christie, a possible candidate for the Republican
presidential nomination gave a speech in September, where he
North America's Energy Opportunity.
Not surprisingly, the majority of his policy ideas
were in sync with the CFR's Task Force recommendations.
The 2014 North American Leaders Summit also identified energy as a
joint statement, the leaders announced that the energy ministers
from all three countries will meet later this year,
"to discuss opportunities to promote common
strategies on energy efficiency, infrastructure, innovation,
renewable energy, unconventional energy sources, energy trade,
and responsible resource development, including the development
of relevant technical studies."
To help build on the trilateral energy meetings, the
Task Force suggested,
"the creation of a North American Energy Council
to provide advice to federal policymakers and highlight issues
that the three independent legislative branches could address."
The council's responsibilities would include,
"identifying improvements to the safety and
security of cross-border energy infrastructure; areas for
cooperation on environmental and safety standards;
energy-efficient technologies and practices; and barriers to
Although it has since been disbanded, the
North American Energy Working Group has already laid some of the
groundwork with regards to trilateral energy integration.
In order to further establish an overall continental agenda, the
Task Force argued for the restructuring of the U.S. federal
"creating new North American offices within the
National Security Council staff and U.S. State Department."
"designating a senior U.S. official as the North
American 'champion' who will press for consistent policies
across agencies and topics."
The Task Force also encouraged,
"greater U.S. congressional engagement with the
Mexican congress and Canadian parliament."
In addition, they proposed that,
"the U.S. government support interactions and
possible cooperation among governors, premiers, mayors,
legislators, and other officials."
Throughout the report, the Task Force emphasized
"The goal should be trilateral where possible,
bilateral where necessary."
While they praised the progress that separate
U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico initiatives have made, they also pointed
out that the continued reliance on some of these bilateral efforts
has in many ways,
"inhibited the development of a broader vision of
When it comes to North American regulatory issues,
they are currently being managed through two separate bilateral
As part of efforts to foster trilateral regulatory
alignment, the Task Force recommended that,
"each council identify particular regulatory
topics that are candidates for mutual recognition or
harmonization. The councils could also explore continental
cooperation in creating new regulations.
Canadian and Mexican
observers should be able to attend the meetings of the other
country and the United States."
In August, the U.S. and Canada released the
RCC Joint Forward Plan, which builds on the initial 2011
Joint Action Plan.
Not only does it deepen cooperation in new areas, but
it sets the stage for regulatory departments and agencies in both
countries to essentially become permanent bedfellows.
The new regulatory plan also noted that,
"As part of the 2014 North American Leaders
Summit commitments, representatives from the Mexican Government
will be invited to observe the government-to-government and
This also applies to Canadian officials being able
sit in on the HLRCC meetings. The NAFTA partners are taking steps to
promote trilateral regulatory convergence.
As far as border security goes, North America operates within the
confines of two bilateral frameworks, the
U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border agreement, as well as the
U.S.-Mexico Twenty-First Century Border Management initiative.
The Task Force stressed that,
"Bilateral security efforts can often make it
easier to solve problems and develop border management models.
However, by emphasizing the differences between the
U.S.-Canadian and the U.S.-Mexican security relationships,
rather than the commonalities, the United States forgoes
advantages of a continental approach."
Instead, the Task Force favored,
"working toward a long-term goal of a unified
security strategy for North America.
This process could begin by
expanding bilateral security programs to include Mexico.
U.S.-Canadian programs could be incorporated into the
U.S.-Mexico Twenty-First Century Border Management initiative."
Third Annual Beyond the Border Executive Steering Committee,
"An observer from the Mexican Foreign Ministry
was present in line with the commitment of the North American
Leaders' Summit to have observers attend the respective meetings
of the Mexico-U.S. 21st Century Border Meeting and the BTB
Executive Steering Committee."
This is part of efforts to link the two bilateral
border arrangements and to see if lessons can be applied from one
initiative to the other.
With goal of better protecting North America from outside threats,
the Task Force has called on the U.S. to,
"shift from border-centric security toward a
strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in
depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared
capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region."
The report went on to say,
"To gain the full benefits of continental
integration, the North American partners need to face common
threats together. Terrorists, criminal and narcotics
organizations, cyberattacks, and disease pose dangers to all
Some of these security issues are being addressed
Meeting of North American Defense Ministers, but the Task Force
is pushing for more bilateral security initiatives to be expanded
To advance shared continental perimeter security,
they proposed that Mexico also be included,
Shiprider program, which permits joint
cross-border law enforcement operations in the maritime
environment, and the
Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs), which are U.S.
and Canadian multiagency law enforcement groups that focus on
cross-border criminal activity."
Many of the Task Force recommendations would further
lay the foundation for a fully integrated North American security
letter following the recent attacks in Canada, the co-chairs of
the CFR Task Force, David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick offered their
sympathy and support.
They referred to themselves as North Americans and
"The tragic events in Canada further underscore
the importance of the partnership between our three countries."
During his visit to Canada, U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry also expressed his condolences and pledged to
further strengthen both countries security relationship in the fight
joint press conference with Foreign Minister John Baird,
Secretary Kerry pointed out that the U.S. and Canada would,
"continue to intensify our law enforcement,
border security and intelligence sharing."
Now might be the perfect opportunity for both
countries to finally unveil the Next Generation pilot project, which
was scheduled to be launched back in 2012.
The joint policing initiative is a component of the
Beyond the Border Action Plan and would allow teams of
cross-designated officers to operate on both sides of the border in
areas such as intelligence and criminal investigations.
According to an
RCMP memo, it has been delayed due to a U.S. request that its
agents be exempt from Canadian law, which has raised serious
concerns regarding sovereignty and police accountability.
The bilateral program is part of the process of
further acclimating joint law enforcement operations in North
The Conservative government is using the recent attacks in Canada to
further erode democratic freedoms. They have introduced new
draconian anti-terrorism laws that would expand police surveillance
The door has also been opened for even deeper North
American integration in the areas of border security,
counter-terrorism and law enforcement, which could require further
merging security and intelligence sharing practices with the
Department of Homeland Security.
An increased continental approach to security could
serve to bind North America into a single foreign policy entity.