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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 7th, 2013 at 3:00 am

Should the US and Canada Merge Into One Nation?

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Here is an interesting thought experiment, should the US and Canada merge into one nation?:

Imagine, if you will, a moment in the not-too-distant future: A decades-long effort by Chinese companies to infiltrate Canadian banking and drilling firms has succeeded in securing Canada’s oil and natural gas fields for pillage. At least some money from these deals trickles into Ottawa’s coffers, which is more than the government can say for its oil in the Arctic, where Canada has been muscled out of its claims by extraction companies with the backing of the Russian government. A network of Chinese ports has secured the sea lines along the Northwest Passage, circumscribing Canadian sovereignty, and Canada’s military, enfeebled after years of reliance on the United States, is powerless to resist. Canada effectively lapses into a vassal state, reliant on neocolonial patriarchs in Beijing and Moscow.

This dystopian scenario isn’t the plot of an episode of TheTwilight Zone or somemodish alternate-history,sci-fi story — it’s the threat laid out by Diane Francis, a veteran business reporter and current editor at large of Canada’s National Post, in her newly released book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country. And while she frames the book as a “thought experiment,” she believes a U.S.-Canadian union is essential to both countries’ futures — that facing economic infringement, “a merger makes good business sense.” She’s thought it through, down to the last dollar each Canadian should be compensated for their natural resources in a U.S. buyout.  [Foreign Policy]

You can read much more at the link, but this would only work if the threat was real enough to warrant the two nations entering into some kind of open border, shared security confederation.  I do not see people in Canada ever agreeing to merge politically with the US just because the difference in populations would limit Canada’s ability to shape national policy.  The threat from outside nations would have to be extremely great for the Canadians to give that up.  Also what political system would a CanAmerica go with anyway, the Congressional system in the US or the Parliamentary system in Canada?

If the two countries were to merge politically would the capitol necessarily be in Washington, DC?  It seems like the Canadians would have a strong case that it should be in Ottawa which is more centrally located between the two countries major population centers?  Either that or make a brand new capitol city somewhere that is centrally located?  Like I said it is an interesting thought experiment with so many complexities I do not see a full merger ever being possible.

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  • Leon LaPorte
    3:14 am on October 7th, 2013 1

    “I do not see people in Canada ever agreeing to merge politically with the US..”

    They would politely decline.

    We should have executed War Plan Red years ago.

    Most Canadians are unaware that a Bill to Annex Canada into the US was introduced and adopted by the US Congress in 1866 prior to the 1867 Alaska Purchase from Russia.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/reflecting-on-canadas-sovereignty-americas-plan-to-annex-and-invade-canada/5341097

  • MSgt A
    3:17 am on October 7th, 2013 2

    Whomever wrote the article has a vivid imagination and way too much time on their hands!

  • MTB Rider
    4:03 am on October 7th, 2013 3

    I thought we already owned “America’s Hat?” ;-)

    If we take over Canada, can we have Tom sent back to Korea to face punishment for being an annoying twit, and for deserting his country in its time of need? :lol:

  • JoeC
    4:14 am on October 7th, 2013 4

    Factor in that in a hundred years, much of the southern USA may become tropically unbearable while current sparsely populated near arctic regions of Canada may become very livable.

    Merger or not there could be mast emigrations of people from the USA into Canadian territory.

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:01 am on October 7th, 2013 5

    4. I thought everyone would be moving south due to global cooling.

  • John from Daejeon
    5:42 am on October 7th, 2013 6

    Shouldn’t they hold off until the Mexican/Central American takeover of the U.S. is complete? Can you imagine Canada trying to absorb 12 million+ illegal immigrants at one time.

  • ChickenHead
    6:12 am on October 7th, 2013 7

    The problem with the Global Climate Alarmists is they say stupid stuff like “much of the southern USA may become tropically unbearable”.

    Like sparsely-populated Indonesia “tropically unbearable”? Or like barely-inhabited Southern India “tropically unbearable”? Or like rapidly-declining population Philippines “tropically unbearable”?

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    It is like the Climate Scare gets in them and the critical thinking turns off and they start spouting the emotional and alarmist nonsense like wide-eyed groupies of a third-rate Bhagwan in a 70s airport.

    But there is one real climate concern.

    The southwest desert heating up and drying out IS an issue… but not because of some sort of man-made climate change that the first hundred links on Google will try to blame. The recent century or so of population explosion has occurred during an abnormally wet period in the climactic record of the American southwest… and it is either returning to its normal hot and dry state… or entering one of the periodic decades-long droughts that are clearly in the records of lakebeds… and are likely responsible for the disappearance of more than one Indian tribe long before the invention of the SUV.

    But JoeC is right. Some nice Global Warming might make Canada more livable… from -56F to -54F over the next century if you believe the climate models.

    Time to break out the Bermuda shorts and the Slip’N Slide.

  • Bob
    7:32 am on October 7th, 2013 8

    Whoever said manifest destiny was dead, eh?

  • Bob
    7:35 am on October 7th, 2013 9

    #1,

    Ironically, you’re linking a Canadian website. No, Canadians are very much aware that the US has been eying Canada like a cat looking at a fishbowl for over 200 years.

  • Tom
    8:34 am on October 7th, 2013 10

    :lol: America’s wet dream. :lol:

    If you guys want to join Canada, you have to get rid of the guns and stop playing with them. Are Americans ready for that? I doubt it. Why would Canada let a third world country join them? That makes as much sense as letting Somalia join EU. :roll:

  • Jake
    9:02 am on October 7th, 2013 11

    Taiwan and the mainland cannot even merge as one, what more with Canada and the US? The only way that is possible is for Canadians to go extinct :lol:

  • 2ID Doc
    9:18 am on October 7th, 2013 12

    If this doesn’t happen what in the world am I gonna do with all these Ameros I forged? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_monetary_union

  • Ron
    12:22 pm on October 7th, 2013 13

    http://www.cafepress.com/invadecanada#link-productCategory-107

  • Flyingsword
    3:46 pm on October 7th, 2013 14

    Say NO! to Canadian Bacon!! Canadian bacon is an abomination in front of god…I sure it is in the bible somewhere….

    Anyway, why do you want to screw up Canada, their government seems to work alright, economy is moving along, and less crime. Aside from a few issues with imigrants from “asia” (read jihad islamsists and Tom)things seems to be pretty good in Canada.

  • tom langley
    4:28 pm on October 7th, 2013 15

    Canada has on the whole a far more liberal outlook on things than the US does. NO MERGER! We have too many liberals already.

  • Angel of Retribution
    4:35 pm on October 7th, 2013 16

    If this was 1983, I’d say HELLO NO, because Canadians then were p*ssies and Americans weren’t. These days, the US is starting to become as much of a bunch of vaginas as the Canucks

  • Bruce K. Nivens
    5:48 pm on October 7th, 2013 17

    There are segments of the U.S. that would secede in a heartbeat if they could, and here we’re talking about a merger between Canada and the U.S.? I like the folks up in Canada, and I wouldn’t wish on them the problems that we currently have within our own political system. Can you imagine the accusations of “Socialism!” that would fly from the Tea Party if the U.S. were to merge with a country that has a government-sponsored universal healthcare system? If Canada needs any assistance on the defense front, I have no problem with helping them out. All they need to do is ask. They don’t need to add to their problems by merging with us here in the land of bootstrappy compassionate conservatism, where we can’t even approve a budget without a bunch of partisan political nonsense. :cool:

  • Bruce K. Nivens
    5:59 pm on October 7th, 2013 18

    I like Canada. I wouldn’t wish our political problems on them. Can you imagine the screams of “Socialist!” that would fly from the Tea Party if the U.S. merged with a country that has taxpayer-funded, government-sponsored universal healthcare? That would be the first thing to go in any merger. If you think I’m kidding, just look at the mess Congress has made in DC with the federal budget process in the name of getting rid of Obamacare.

    If the Canadians need assistance with defense issues, all they need to do is ask us. They don’t need to screw themselves up by merging with their wayward neighbors in the south. :cool:

  • Ron McNeal
    7:02 pm on October 7th, 2013 19

    I’m guessing most Canadians would be too interested in getting any closer to our wacky country than they are now.

  • guitard
    7:23 pm on October 7th, 2013 20

    If the two countries were to merge politically would the capitol necessarily be in Washington, DC? It seems like the Canadians would have a strong case that it should be in Ottawa which is more centrally located between the two countries major population centers? Either that or make a brand new capitol city somewhere that is centrally located?

    Detroit!!

  • G.I. G.I. Joe
    8:40 pm on October 7th, 2013 21

    I thought we already owned “America’s Hat?” ;-)

    Does that make Mexico “America’s Diaper”? :roll:

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:40 pm on October 7th, 2013 22

    9. Nothing ironic, I went with the best choice for a source.

    10. Who said anything about “joining” Canada? We would invade and straight out take over. The American military would dominate Canada, much like your mom.

    …and with no guns, all the easier! I know you are mostly worried about falling into our hand and being extradited back to your home country (our ROK allies) to face punishment for your traitorous crimes.

  • ChickenHead
    10:54 pm on October 8th, 2013 23

    Snobby Canadians are pleased to bemoan us
    and flaunt mineral wealth they won’t loan us.
    But it can be southward freighted
    then their men castrated
    and our rape gangs will just be a bonus.

  • Vince
    7:28 am on October 9th, 2013 24

    ….where we can’t even approve a budget without a bunch of partisan political nonsense….

    You mean that silly old Constitution, don’t you? It’s SO outdated.

  • a listener
    4:11 pm on October 12th, 2013 25

    #15, Tom you forgot to include all 1st world nations besides the U.S.

 

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