No two nations in the world are as integrated, economically and socially, as the United States and Canada. We share geography, values and a gigantic border.
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 both countries wrestle with internal political challenges, meanwhile, the economies of the larger world change and flourish. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that by 2018, China’s economy will be bigger than that of the United States and Asian economies will be bigger than the US, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Russia combined.
Rather than continuing on this road to mutual decline, the United States and Canada should chart a new course — by joining forces.
The United States and Canada could merge into one country, or follow a European Union model that eliminates the border without merging the two governments.
At the very least, the nations should discuss joint ventures to develop Canada’s staggering, and untapped, resources in the north, an area three times bigger than Alaska.
If combined, the US and Canada would have an economy larger than the European Union. The two would be an economic superpower, bigger than South America in size, with more energy, metals and minerals, water, arable land and technology than any other nation, all protected by America’s military.
Citizens of the merged countries would have more options in terms of jobs, business opportunities, climates, studies and lifestyles.