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Old 07-14-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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That would suck for Canada. I think they should open the borders though. Waste of resources for both sides.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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I think it would be awesome for us to join our brothers and sisters to the north. Or even just have open borders and easier ways to move, work, and live between the two countries. Perhaps share the same currency. I think we would become two provinces, though: The American Province and Canadian province, and keep many of our lower level government intact. The provinces would have their original capitals, but NYC or another city might become the new country's capital.

Would love our southern neighborhor to join too, but they are so in the dark right now that no one would agree to it. Which is a shame, because our Mexican brothers and sisters are awesome too.

I just love them both. I hate not being able to freely visit both countries like visiting another state, but Mexico is dangerous and poor, and Canada is still off-limits to instant visitation.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Long Beach
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universal healthcare, higher standard of living, longer life expectancies, better education....all in all, better!
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Because merging with a more troubled economy and importing US-style poverty, crime, and terrible excuses for social services and health care = benefitting Canada.
Exempting Michigan the states that border Canada aren't all that bad off. I don't think it'd be better for Canada, but I don't really see why this would lead Canada to become Louisiana or California or something.

Much of our poverty is in states with a legacy of poverty from slavery or exploitation of American Indians. Although on the latter it's not like Canada is lacking in First Nations people with social problems. Canada has many great qualities, but it's not exactly Utopia.

I wouldn't want Canada to become culturally overwhelmed by us, or lose systems it values, but even though the US isn't the greatest or anything it's not that bad. Our life expectancy is more than a year lower than Canada's, but 79.6 isn't quite Third World. Our maternal-mortality ratio, on the other hand, is twice as bad as Canada's. Still we have more of the world's top-ranked Universities than Canada does. Granted that's partly due to our population size, Canada has more of the top-500 per-capita, but even accounting for that we do better than you in the top-100 per-person. (I can't do the link for that) Our adults have more years of education on average.

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Old 07-14-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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That would suck for Canada. I think they should open the borders though. Waste of resources for both sides.
Horrible idea.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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Horrible idea.
Why?
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Why?
I agree. Canada is very similar to the US; you probably wouldn't even notice a difference if you met a Canadian. Besides, someone wanting to illegally cross from Canada can already do so across our porous northern border. There are places in North Dakota where the border runs through farm fields. Removing the border would just cut through all the red tape that legal visitors have to go through.

* I'm not endorsing crossing illegally or breaking immigration laws.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in the Eastern Seaboard.......
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What would America Be Like IF Canada and America became One Country?

That would make things more interesting. If that happened, I would have to deal with it. If America and Canada became one country, we would have more holidays and everyone have to think about all the new laws, politics, and values we would have to learn and remember. Curling, lacrosse, and hockey would be a more popular sport as well.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Spain
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IN THIS TIME, the more united the stronger we are. Look up to Europe, small and lazy Countries, united they got stronger, and now can be someone in the world. If US and Canada, came to agree something that at least resemble the Euro zone, that would make us as strong as no other part in the world, by far!.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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This will never happen. However, I agree that if it did the US would benefit economically due to Canada's abundant natural resources.

It's also very likely that the new Canadian provinces would fundamentally alter US politics, mostly toward the liberal direction. With 10 new "states" and three territories, that's 20-26 new senators that would most likely be Democrats. Only Alberta is likely to have any support for the Republican party, but that support is far from guaranteed. That's probably enough for the new Canadian-Democrat alliance to get a Canadian-style health care system implemented nationwide, along with many other Democratic goals. Another possibility is that the Canadians would maintain their existing political parties as regional blocks which would then caucus with Democrats or Republicans, giving us a 3-4 party system.

What is more likely in the real world, I think, is closer economic integration. Currently, EU citizens are free to live and work anywhere within the EU without having to worry about visas, work permits, etc. I think it's likely Canada and the US will eventually pursue something similar.
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