In January 1999, the governors of Arizona, Montana, Nevada and Utah signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Planning and Development of the CANAMEX Corridor. On December 3, 1999, “MOU-1″ was signed by the governors of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah and took effect on that date, and on May 21, 2002 ¬ Revision 2 ( MOU-2) was signed.
There is a mutual interest to continue planning and development of the CANAMEX Corridor beyond the expiration date contained in MOU 2. Upon signature by the governors of the participating states, the December 1999 MOU-1 and May 2002 MOU-2 will be withdrawn along with all of its provisions and agreements, whether stated or implied, and shall be replaced as of October 31, 2003, by Memorandum of Understanding ¬ Revision 3 (MOU-3).
All three MOUs were signed by the governors of the respective states without the consent of their legislatures. In 2005, then Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne threatened to veto every bill that came across his desk until his “Connecting Idaho” bill was passed. This $multi-billion, pork-laden bill legislatively obligated the state of Idaho to honor the tenets of the CANAMEX MOU signed by Kenpthorne.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created a preferential trade relationship between Canada, Mexico and the United States. CANAMEX proponents have determined that “a key component for successful NAFTA implementation is a seamless and efficient transportation network linking high priority corridors, international gateways and economic hubs. This transportation system must provide for the high capacity, efficient and safe movement of goods, services, people and information between the three nations.”
Another “priority corridor” is being planned to connect Canada and Mexico through the midwest U.S. It appears that the Bush administration’s zeal to get Mexican truckers on U.S. highways as quickly as possible is, at least in part, a ruse to expedite the necessity of “transportation corridor” construction.
Per the CANAMEX Commission, a collection of businesspeople and state/federal government agency representatives, “The states of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah believe that cooperative actions are necessary to develop and operate the international trade corridor known as CANAMEX. The flow of trade within the CANAMEX Corridor will continue to increase as the objectives of the NAFTA are realized over the next several years.
“In addition to being a transportation and trade corridor, CANAMEX is also an alliance between U.S. and Mexican states, Canadian provinces, and businesses.”
Jane Lesko of Idaho Eagle Forum, can be emailed at