"US, Canada should merge into one country" - Article.

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#1 Posted by loco145 (10767 posts) -

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.

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#2 Edited by BranKetra (48175 posts) -

I would not say the United States and Canada are integrated socially. Beyond the internet, I do not know of anyone from Canada in my local area. I live in the United States.

#3 Edited by chaplainDMK (6741 posts) -

The west should just form one super-mega country so it's BDP number won't be smaller than China's, so forum warriors have ammo.

#4 Edited by Toxic-Seahorse (4118 posts) -

I don't think Canada would want to combine with the U.S., but a EU-like agreement, without all the needless bullshit that goes with the EU, is an interesting idea.

However, nothing ever seems to get done in the U.S. government so I don't see this ever happening.

#5 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17150 posts) -

Tis an interesting idea. As a US citizen I definitely wouldn't be opposed to this.

#6 Posted by Treflis (11480 posts) -

Pretty sure Canada desires to be a independent nation rather then merge with the US.

Might reduce the US debt though, which I'm certain is the reason the US would want to merge with Canada. That and Oil.

#7 Posted by jim_shorts (7320 posts) -

I don't see how that would benefit either country.

#8 Posted by roulettethedog (10953 posts) -

I do not see this happening ever. There are to many barriers between the two countries. Different opinions on Cuba, Health Care, Nationalism, Quebec's separatists, to the French/English language debate. It all adds up to many in opposition and that is why the two countries will never be like an EU. Remember the E.U. had two bloddy wars ,so they were willing to sacrifice in order to have stability.

#9 Posted by michaelP4 (16680 posts) -

Bad idea. Yes, they may share a similar cultural heritage and history but they're different. Economically, they're already in union - NAFTA. Politically, it'd be a disaster - don't make the same mistake as Europe did with the EU. Plus, unless the US wants to deal with Quebec nationalists and their demands for a separate state, cultural and language rights etc then that's reason alone for them to remain as they are. Oh, and unless you wish to have my Queen as your Head of State again or some joint authority with the US President, then you're very welcome. :)

#10 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (719 posts) -

lmao, Canada and their crackhead mayors.

#11 Posted by deeliman (2391 posts) -

So, basically the entire argument is that america can keep saying "We're numbah 1 whpooo fuck yeah!!!111 'murica!".

#12 Edited by BranKetra (48175 posts) -

@michaelP4 said:

Bad idea. Yes, they may share a similar cultural heritage and history but they're different. Economically, they're already in union - NAFTA. Politically, it'd be a disaster - don't make the same mistake as Europe did with the EU. Plus, unless the US wants to deal with Quebec nationalists and their demands for a separate state, cultural and language rights etc then that's reason alone for them to remain as they are. Oh, and unless you wish to have my Queen as your Head of State again or some joint authority with the US President, then you're very welcome. :)

I can imagine that occurring. People including me would question what the point of the American Revolution was if all we do is eventually rejoin that monarchy's dominion. No offense, but I am unready to kneel before another person whether they be queen or anyone else.

#13 Edited by loco145 (10767 posts) -

@michaelP4 said:

Bad idea. Yes, they may share a similar cultural heritage and history but they're different. Economically, they're already in union - NAFTA. Politically, it'd be a disaster - don't make the same mistake as Europe did with the EU. Plus, unless the US wants to deal with Quebec nationalists and their demands for a separate state, cultural and language rights etc then that's reason alone for them to remain as they are. Oh, and unless you wish to have my Queen as your Head of State again or some joint authority with the US President, then you're very welcome. :)

I can imagine that occurring. People including me would question what the point of the American Revolution was if all we do is eventually rejoin that monarchy's dominion. No offense, but I am unready to kneel before another person whether they be queen or anyone else.

What about a CEO?

#14 Edited by BranKetra (48175 posts) -

@loco145 said:

@BranKetra said:

@michaelP4 said:

Bad idea. Yes, they may share a similar cultural heritage and history but they're different. Economically, they're already in union - NAFTA. Politically, it'd be a disaster - don't make the same mistake as Europe did with the EU. Plus, unless the US wants to deal with Quebec nationalists and their demands for a separate state, cultural and language rights etc then that's reason alone for them to remain as they are. Oh, and unless you wish to have my Queen as your Head of State again or some joint authority with the US President, then you're very welcome. :)

I can imagine that occurring. People including me would question what the point of the American Revolution was if all we do is eventually rejoin that monarchy's dominion. No offense, but I am unready to kneel before another person whether they be queen or anyone else.

What about a CEO?

Do you mean a chief executive officer? You do not kneel before those.

#15 Posted by Netret0120 (2034 posts) -

That would be a darn POWERHOUSR!!!

#16 Posted by MonsieurX (29548 posts) -

No thanks.

I don't want all the problems of USA to be part of mine now.

#17 Posted by Nibroc420 (13567 posts) -

Hmm.

The US is a terrible place compared to Canada, and has more people.
So we Canadians would be outvoted in political matters (being more liberal and all),
And we'd have to call ourselves American, while taking on responsibility for non-nonsensical wars and the insane debt caused by it.

Lets not merge, perhaps and NAFTA just needs an update?

#18 Edited by Aljosa23 (24750 posts) -

Uhhhh no thanks

We'll take NY, the west coast, and the New England states, though. The rest can disappear for all I care.

#19 Edited by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

olympic hockey powerhouse.

#20 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (719 posts) -

olympic hockey powerhouse.

Would be the only benefit.

#21 Posted by airshocker (29042 posts) -

Give it another 100 years and it will happen.

#22 Posted by airshocker (29042 posts) -

Give it another 100 years and it will happen.

@Aljosa23 said:

Uhhhh no thanks

We'll take NY, the west coast, and the New England states, though. The rest can disappear for all I care.

You mean we'll take you. I'm sure the entire population of New York can fvck up Canadia any day of the week.

#23 Posted by NightlyOne (318 posts) -

I don't ever see this happening, but if it ever does, I hope Canada take the reins. As an American, I love my country but the government is so screwed up. Capitol Hill is nothing but monkey politicians flinging poop at each other while the rest of the country burns.

Please save us, Canada.

#24 Posted by LaytonsCat (3652 posts) -

As a Canadian I would drown myself in Maple Syrup before living through that. Everything about the two countries is the same except the attitude, and I don't want any part of the American way of life

#25 Edited by GazaAli (22525 posts) -

Americans wouldn't have a problem with this, they may even want it badly enough. Canadians on the other hand...

#26 Edited by ferrari2001 (16815 posts) -

All of North and South America should merge into one super country and then proceed to conquer the world.

#27 Posted by deeliman (2391 posts) -

All of North and South America should merge into one super country and then proceed to conquer the world.

And then form one super world and conquer the galaxy!

#28 Edited by GazaAli (22525 posts) -

ITT, one dumb idea after the other

#29 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

The US, Canada and Mexico should merge into one country. At the very least, statehood for Mexico would solve a lot of problems.

#30 Posted by tape990 (606 posts) -

As a Canadian no thank you. From what i know about how the US government is run and how they treat their people, you can stay were you are.

#31 Posted by Barbariser (6724 posts) -

It actually wouldn't change that much except making it impossible for the G.O.P. to control anything at the national level in the short to medium term. Most of the economic benefits espoused in the article basically exist already as a result of NAFTA + other FTAs. Militarily, NATO gives them a very similar benefit without requiring a political union. And even if you stuck the U.S. and Canada together, China would still outgrow their union in under 10 years because Canada's economy isn't really very big compared to either America or China. I guess it would look cool if you put it on a map though.

#32 Posted by lamprey263 (23190 posts) -

sure, let's get Mexico too

#33 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

I don't think Canada wants their country run into the ground by Obama the way he is running America into the ground. They are better off the way they are.

#34 Edited by -Fromage- (10517 posts) -

As long as I get to keep my free healthcare.

#35 Posted by dave123321 (33787 posts) -

Canada doesn't have much to offer us

#37 Edited by BeardMaster (1580 posts) -

Yea chinese dominance isnt happening.

Last i heard (prolly couple years ago) the cost advantage of chinese labor vs ameican is only something like 15% and thats just labor cost, in overall product cost its probably something like 2%. And its expected to evaporate in the next 5-10 years... at which point manufacturing plants will start shutting down in china. And their economy will begin to shrink.

Petroleum prices are increasing, the chinese economy is only surviving off its currency manipulation.

The problem with poiseing yourself as cheap labor is, eventually at some point that labor will stop being cheaper and nobody will purchase it. So the bubble pops.

EDIT: however on the merge front, welcome canada... the infinitely better healthcare and education as well sensical voters.. i welcome. Although, sucks for canada.

#38 Posted by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -

@Braun_Roid_Rage: and your politicians are corrupted AF bailing out corporations and emailing penis pics to strange women

#39 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (719 posts) -

@kemar7856 said:

@Braun_Roid_Rage: and your politicians are corrupted AF bailing out corporations and emailing penis pics to strange women

murica. We're not pussies though.

#40 Posted by Makhaidos (1613 posts) -

Okay.

#41 Edited by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -
#42 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (719 posts) -
#43 Posted by Wasdie (49628 posts) -

How would this benefit either nation? There wouldn't be more jobs available like the article says. There would be really no point. Who cares if China becomes a larger economic power than the USA? One country cannot be the lead of that forever. Merging with Canada would just bring a bunch of unnecessary problems to both nations. It's pointless.

#44 Posted by MgamerBD (17550 posts) -

With this agreement. The U.S. can finally have maple syrup guns and polar bear attack squads. I welcome this idea.

#45 Edited by BeardMaster (1580 posts) -

@Wasdie said:

How would this benefit either nation? There wouldn't be more jobs available like the article says. There would be really no point. Who cares if China becomes a larger economic power than the USA? One country cannot be the lead of that forever. Merging with Canada would just bring a bunch of unnecessary problems to both nations. It's pointless.

Well it would cause a major shift in politics, at least in the USA. Voters might want more efficient healthcare and education, since they are used to it.

for canada, alot of dubious business owners looking for tax loopholes and lax regulations would be able to thrive.

#46 Posted by LightR (17445 posts) -

Stopped reading when it said same values. The values are nothing alike, just look at the Canadian parties. Canadians would never get over having a minority say in voting.

#47 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

That'll be interesting.

Mexico provides the drugs, America arrest the drug dealers/addicts, and Canada provides new land for enlarging the prison industrial complex?

#48 Posted by SUD123456 (4417 posts) -

Crazy thinking like this is exactly why we should develop our own nuclear weapons.

#49 Edited by Jimn_tonic (819 posts) -

for canada, alot of dubious business owners looking for tax loopholes and lax regulations would be able to thrive.

tru.dat

I have no idea how the U.S. corporate taxes work. The U.S. has one of the highest nominal corporate tax rates @ 35% but the effective tax rate is below 12%..WTF?!

TOPIC: I wouldn't mind it one bit. I've gone through the border 4 times this year, and ordered on Amazon about a dozen times, because our domestic retail is in shambles.

#50 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

Canadians are socialists, wouldn't fly here