Merger of the Century
Why Canada and America Should Become One CountryBook - 2013
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 coursewith 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 TigersSouth Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong KongChina’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? The most audacious initiative since the Louisiana Purchase would solve the biggest problems each country expects to face: the U.S.’s national security threats and declining living standards; and Canada’s difficulty controlling and developing its huge landmass, stemming from a lack of capital, workers, technology and military might.Merger of the Century builds both a strong political argument and a compelling business case, treating our two countries not only as sovereign entities but as merging companies. We stand on the cusp of a new world order. Together, by marshaling resources and combining efforts, Canada and America have a greater chance of succeeding. As separate nations, the future is in much greater doubt indeed.
From the critics
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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."
"....Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States." John Bartlet Brebner.
"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."
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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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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