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You Me and the SPP - Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Manly Media
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: Yes

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 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 and TILMA say that they are needed to keep trade flowing, opponents say these agreements not only undermine the democratic authority of citizens they threaten the sovereignty of the three nations through the integration of military, security structures and regulatory regimes.

Told through interviews with various experts who oppose this agenda and through the experiences of ordinary citizens who are feeling the effects of its implementation ‘You, Me and the SPP’ lays out the breadth and depth of the SPP and TILMA and outlines what we as citizens can do to stop it.

“… 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.” - Murray Dobbin, Canadian author, journalist
“The ultimate goal, quite obviously, is to create such tight integration that effectively we only have one North American political, security, military and economic place – that there really are no differentials between this country and the country next door.” - Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair, Global Politics and International Law, UBC

“The SPP is a dumbing down, a reducing of quality of life, a reducing of standards, and there is absolutely no indication in any of the documents we’ve been able to obtain through hard pushing through access to information, and through diligent work, not a single indication that we’re looking for a higher standard anywhere.” - Peter Julian, NDP International Trade Critic
NOTE:  The DVD is available with French sub-titles.