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Old 04-06-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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A merger of the U.S. and Canada would create an economic superpower with the world’s greatest resource base - Issues & Ideas - MiamiHerald.com

What do you guys think of this union?
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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No thank you! We appreciate our independence and different policies.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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Canada doesn't need to merge with the US to have the world's greatest resource base, they already have it.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Strengthen our economic ties, yes. Merge into one nation......ah, no.

The author of that article mentions how Canada's north needs roads and blah, blah, blah. Obviously, that person has no clue about the difficulty of building, and maintaining infrastucture on nothing more then bedrock, and muskeg. Oh, wait.........also mentioned American know-how, as if Canadians are some backwater hicks unable to figure it out.

All in all, it says, in short: how can we plunder Canada's natural resources?


Again, I'm all for strengthening economic ties. But we can be, and already are an economic powerhouse, while being separate nations.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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This topic has already been beaten to death over and over on this forum. The author of that article says a lot about how America could benefit from a merger but what it really all boils down to is what was said in these two short paragraphs below. It's not about a merger to benefit Canada, it's about takeover and pillaging of Canadian resources to benefit America's economy and employment for the American population:


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Millions of jobs could be created because only a merger of some kind would enable development of Canada’s untapped resources. The top half of Canada is virtually empty, three times’ larger than Alaska but with one-seventh its population or only 100,000 people.

The Canadian North needs roads, airports, railways, seaports, military outposts, bridges, power generation facilities and other infrastructure to tap its vast buried treasure. An estimated $17 trillion worth of metals and minerals are known to exist already but there’s more. Much of the territory has not been mapped, been trodden by human beings or explored for resource development. This can only be accomplished with American capital, know-how and military protection.
The Canadian North doesn't need any of those things done to it and Canada doesn't need to have its natural untapped resources invaded and pillaged. The only protection Canada needs is protection from American greed and power hunger.

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Old 04-06-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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Canada doesn't need to merge with the US to have the world's greatest resource base, they already have it.
Exactly this.

lol @ all the folks who think otherwise, just lol.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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The author of that article mentions how Canada's north needs roads and blah, blah, blah. Obviously, that person has no clue about the difficulty of building, and maintaining infrastucture on nothing more then bedrock, and muskeg. Oh, wait.........also mentioned American know-how, as if Canadians are some backwater hicks unable to figure it out.
Which is kind of surprising, because the author is Diane Francis, a journalist who is both Canadian and American. At any rate, that column, or a variation of it, appeared in Canadian print media a month or two ago. She's plugging her recent book about such a union.

Srill, as a Canadian, she should know better of the challenges of building in the north. And there ought to be a reason why "The Canadian North needs roads, airports, railways, seaports, military outposts, bridges, power generation facilities and other infrastructure...." If there's something there that we can use, we'll put in the necessary infrastructure to get in, obtain it, and ship it out. In fact, we've already done this where warranted: some of the mines in the NWT are quite remote, but we manage to get resources from them without the trouble or expense of building infrastructure that will see little use.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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It looks like she was born in Chicago in Nov 14, 1946.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:11 PM
 
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Interesting isn't it, that a writer interested in selling both her book and herself would hypothesize something that has been discussed in boardrooms throughout the N.American continent for decades and dismissed as impractical from a straight merger (read annexation) standpoint and defaulted back to an economic union in nearly every single case.

Having done any research on the topic at all I'm sure she should have gleaned that little nugget the first day of sketching out a rough outline.

Ya gotta love that bit about "this can be accomplished with American capital, know how and military protection."

Strange to say the least, the slow but steady progress up there already done on an 'as needed' basis, has managed to be accomplished with none of the above being either offered or required.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:19 PM
 
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It's hard to believe that a Canadian would think that Canada does not have the resources, manpower, capital, and know how to develop her own country. Something does not add up.
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