Updated to add this story, North American Union Drivers License Created which quite nicely fits with this piece I posted last night.
As a means of maintaining my sanity, I have been trying to focus my blogging on the uranium issue. But this, from the Financial Post, just begs for a response (and the two issues are probably interconnected, if you dig deeply enough).
Anyway, the President of the NASCO SuperCorridor is so desperate to keep that project separate from NAFTA that he has had to denounce people like me. Apparently, by linking NAFTA and the NASCO SuperCorridor, I am perpetrating a myth. I think he is trying out a new adaptation of a trick the former Saskatchewan Tory cabinet minister and convicted murderer, Colin Thatcher, used: deny, deny, deny.
Fringe Groups Cultivate The Myth Of A Planned ‘NAFTA Superhighway,’ Diverting Attention From The Crumbling Highways That Already Exist
George Blackwood, Financial Post
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Well, if he and the Financial Post say so, then by gosh and by golly, it must be true!
Interestingly, there is a letter on a listserv archive which calls said highway the NAFTA Superhighway. That letter is dated June 1998.
My heartiest congratulations go out to the North America's Superhighway Coalition, its Board of Directors
There is another letter just a little further down on the same archive page:
Dear Fellow Former Colleagues at David A. Dean & Associates/Dean International, Inc. Founding Consultants to the North America's Superhighway Coalition, formerly known as The Interstate Highway 35 Corridor Coalition
Now really, what’s a girl to think? Especially when she reads further in that letter and sees this:
the trade corridor program was funded with $700 million in Contract Authority (these are "real dollars" as opposed to a simple authorization which must go through the appropriations process). The I-35 corridor is the strongest and most organized of the corridor initiatives so, if we play our cards right, we stand to get a part of the $700 million.
One has to wonder if Mr. Blackwell is more concerned about his own pocketbook than he is about what is best for the citizens in each of the countries involved in this project. How stupid do they really think we are?
Hmm…we have the NAFTA Superhighway head honcho, the President of the United States of America, and Prime Minister Harper all in some kind of deny, deny, deny mode since their love-in in Montebello. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it?