Merger of the Century

Merger of the Century

Why Canada and America Should Become One Country

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Geopolitics expert and award-winning journalist Diane Francis presents a compelling political argument and business case for merging America and Canada into a geographical, political, and economic superpower. No two nations in the world are as integrated, economically and socially, as are the United States and Canada. We share geography, values and the largest unprotected border in the world. Regardless of this close friendship, our two countries are on a slow-motion collision course--with each other and with the rest of the world. While we wrestle with internal political gridlock and fiscal challenges and clash over border problems, the economies of the larger world change and flourish. Emerging economies sailed through the financial meltdown of 2008. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that by 2018, China's economy will be bigger than that of the United States; when combined with India, Japan and the four Asian Tigers--South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong--China's economy will be bigger than that of the G8 (minus Japan). Rather than continuing on this road to mutual decline, our two nations should chart a new course. Bestselling author Diane Francis proposes a simple and obvious solution: What if the United States and Canada merged into one country?
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781554688753
1554688752
9780062325013
0062325019
Branch Call Number: 327.71 F8473M 2013
Characteristics: 403 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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cshahriari
Feb 01, 2014

Pg. 324 "The United States will not, and cannot, defend Canada and the rest of the world at its own expense indefinitely. Eventually, Canada may be invoiced for tens of billions of dollars annually by Washington for security costs, particularly if the relationship ebss or sours. This means Canada must pay for, or replace, U.S. protection as the world becomes more desperate for its resources."

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cshahriari
Feb 01, 2014

Pg. 260
"....Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States." John Bartlet Brebner.

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cshahriari
Feb 01, 2014

Pg. 343
"China, Russia, and OPEC members would attempt to intervene because a U.S.-Canada union would diminish their geopolitical importance and trade reach, and halt their incursions into the U.S. through Canada."

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cshahriari
Feb 01, 2014

Pg. 341 "...Canadians know they have a nice country, but they remain reliant on the United States. Canada, essentially, is a semi-autonomous jurisdiction buttressed, economically and militarily, by the United States." -

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Feb 01, 2014

Pg. 262
"Over the years, Americans have remained more constant in their support for Canada. A Gallup poll in 2012 recorded that 96 percent of Americans rated Canada as their favorite country."

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xvassilli
Feb 20, 2014

I disagree that "Canada and the US are already closer than EU". The main achievement of European Union is free movement of people within the EU. All borders between countries have been removed. There is no passport control if you take a bus say from Germany to Latvia, crossing multiple EU countries. That is not even close between US and Canada. People of EU can take employment and residency in any EU country without any visas. That's true freedom.All our politicians are talking about is increased surveillance at the borders, using drones, hiring more border guards, etc. On top of all that, while Canadian and American citizens don't need visas to visit each other, permanent residents of Canada DO need a visa to go to US, while permanent residents of US don't need one to go to Canada. Why?

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darlenestrom
Feb 19, 2014

This idea totally underestimates the tenacity and intelligence of the Canadian people. Diane Francis was born an American, indoctrinated as an American and does not and never will represent the average Canadian. Her points are not anything but her opinion with no solid documentation behind it. What she states is and would be treated as treason in her country. I wonder what Sir John A. would have thought of this. As far as using the EU as an example Canada and the US are already closer and with more across the border trade than ANY two European countries. This is a Sun media production that is the opinion of those who have extremist right-wing opinions. Using threating fear tactics will never work, we are just too used to them. And they smack of the sandbox.

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cshahriari
Feb 03, 2014

Diane Francis offers a number of strong arguments why the US and Canada should integrate more closely economically, politically, and militarily. Using Germany and the European Union as an example of unification, the benefits or a merger become more apparent in this work. As the thirst for resources grows throughout the world, countries other than the US will compete for control of strategic assets in North America and Canadians as well as Americans should ask themselves if deep down they really want to see this happen.

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cshahriari
Feb 03, 2014

Diane Francis offers a number of strong arguments why the US and Canada should integrate more closely economically, politically, and militarily. Using Germany and the European Union as an example of unification, the benefits or a merger become more apparent in this work. As the thirst for resources grows throughout the world, countries other than the US will compete for control of strategic assets in North America and Canadians as well as Americans should ask themselves if deep down they really want to see this happen.

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