June 9, 2009
MONTREAL — Today marked the first day of the four-day Conference of Montreal, this year entitled “Adapting to a New World Order.” Present at the conference is a who’s who of international finance and politics, including the heads of the World Bank and the IMF, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and a large assortment of other Bilderberg and NWO elitists. Presiding over the whole affair is none other than Paul Desmarais Jr., a member of Montreal’s leading Bilderberg family. This is the fifteenth anniversary of the Conference of Montreal. The conference is taking place at the Bonaventure Hilton in downtown Montreal until Thursday.
The whole place was under a heavy police lockdown, and getting footage from inside was next to impossible without proper media credentials. Nonetheless we were able to get information from media sources inside about what is being discussed.
According to reporters we spoke with, today’s meetings dealt mostly with the economic crisis and what strategies should be employed to deal with it. When we asked if there was any mention of the North American Union, we were told that would be happening on Wednesday. One of the reporters gave us the schedule for the next four days and indeed, on Wednesday, there is a Luncheon at noon entitled “The Americas and the New World Order” headlined by Madeleine Albright which may or may not be a discussion of the North American Union. The descriptive blurb in the schedule describes it thusly: “How can the Americas make changes to play their part in the establishment of a more stable, and fair, basis for international prosperity?”
Several unmarked police cars escorted people out of the building all day, and though protesters burned an effigy of Mr. Desmarais on the sidewalk in front of the Hilton, no one was arrested. The police came along after the protesters had dispersed and extinguished the remaining embers.
Some notables from the list of guests this year include:
Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, IMF
Robert Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group
Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, Governor, Central Bank of Mexico
Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of Canada
Alvaro Uribe, President of the Republic of Colombia
Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD
In addition there are numerous ministers from governments all over the globe and from the UN, as well as executives from General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems, GDF SUEZ, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and others.
Each day of the conference has a different theme. Today’s theme was Economy and Governance. The meeting opened at 8:30 a.m. with a lecture from the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, entitled: “Towards a New Global Order.” Other events today had titles like “A New World Governance” and “Thriving in a New Financial Order.” Cocktails after a long day of running the globe were at 5.
The themes for the next three days are:
Tuesday, June 9: Energy, Health and Sustainable Development
Wednesday, June 10: International Trade and the Americas
Thursday, June 11: International Finance
The closing luncheon on Thursday at noon entitled “The Economic Crisis and the Role of Central Banks: How Far Can They Go?” sounds like a snore-fest at first, with two Central Bank governors, Mexico’s and Canada’s, giving a speech. However, the lecture’s subtitle indicates that it is something we should all hear: “NAFTA and the Economic Recovery: The Required Joint Action Between North American Central Banks.”
A full list of all the events of the four-day conference can be downloaded in PDF form here: http://www.conferencedemontreal.com/fileadmin/pdf/2009/Program.pdf