Should the U.S. and Canada merge?

It’s been nearly two decades since the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Bill Clinton officially signed NAFTA into law in 1993, opening trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada in 1994.

In her new book, “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country,” Diane Francis says she thinks it’s time to move beyond trade, at least when it comes to the northern most countries. Francis, a dual citizen of both countries, argues that a U.S.-Canada merger is not only a good idea but could become necessary, especially when it comes to growing Chinese economic power.

From the Toronto Star:

The U.S. and Canada together would have a larger economy than the European Union or than the economies of Japan, China, Germany and France combined. The US-Canada combo would control more oil, water, arable land and resources than any other country, all protected by America’s military. Citizens of the merged countries would have more options in terms of jobs, climates, studies and lifestyles…

Francis concedes that merging would be hard but insists it is worth the pain. Without some form of political fusion, the prospects for Canada could be grim. We could become a resource battleground. Russia or China could gain control over our resources and Arctic region, provoking tension with the U.S. Mishandling our First Nations obligations could incite civil disobedience, and Quebec’s separatists could pump up economic and political instability. Canada would soon not qualify as a member of the G20.

Absent a merger, America will face increasing adversity and competition for resources and an inevitable decline.

Francis makes her case for the merger on the Daily Circuit at 10:20a.m.

Today’s Question: Should the U.S. and Canada merge?

  • I wrote about this question in ‘Why America Should Conquer Canada’ in 1999 ( I still occasionally get hate mail from Canadians who don’t realize that it was satire. Proposing a merger in any form is the one guaranteed way of getting Canadians angry, as I’m sure you’re about to discover. I have dual-citizenship through my father, and my wife is Canadian.

  • PaulJ

    Centralizing make government less effective. But maybe just the pine tree areas of Minnesota, that sort of seems like Canada already.

  • AndyBriebart

    I don’t think they would want our debt. We are borrowing 40 cents for every dollar we spend and the Democrats have passed a massive new entitlement program which we can’t pay for and the President is wanting, by executive order of course, to give more free money to this program.

  • Sue de Nim

    While it may be eminently sensible and practical, the status quo is not a matter of sense or practicality, but of tradition, history, and patriotic emotions. Ever since British loyalists fled north to escape persecution (as they saw it) during the American Revolution, Canadians have defined themselves over against Americans. Its hard to imagine how such a “merger” would be perceived as anything other than a hostile takeover by most Canadians. At very least we’d have to admit that the War of 1812 began as an act of American aggression.

    That, and good luck trying to get Canadians to give up their health care system, or Americans to accept it.

  • Gary F

    Only if we keep our gun laws and not theirs.

    Does that mean we have to eat poutine? I don’t see that being good for my diet.

    • KTN

      We would not have to eat poutine, but we would want to – that is a yummy treat.

  • david

    You’ll never get Canadians to go for it. They like their affordable healthcare too much.

  • James

    The question is “should they merge?” not “could they merge?”

    It’s hard to imagine how they could merge. America is not a very attractive dance partner at the moment for many of the reasons already mentioned. A dysfunctional federal government. Massive debt. Social conservatives with too much power and say. A bizarre fixation on guns. An economy and society with greed run amok. Etc.

    Should they merge? Yes they should. The US and Canada need an answer to China. It’s only a matter of time before China gets belligerent in its attempts to meet its needs for raw materials, water and space. Canada will need defense help. The US will need Canada’s resources.

    In theory, the US and Canada could get most of the benefits of a merger via various treaties, but like in business…joint ventures are invariably more awkward and less efficient than outright mergers.

  • Gary F

    is China really that strong? Their biggest customer is running up a huge debt.

  • Old Chief

    Why would Canada want us ?

  • elliotjflint

    “The United States and Provinces and Territories and Commonwealths of North America.”