Tuesday, October 01, 2013
No, Nay, Never.
Dual-citizen and pundit, Diane Francis, maintains that Canada should merge with (into) the United States. She seems to think North American union is vital to protect our economy against state-run economies such as China's and Russia's.
In an excerpt from the book published by the National Post, Francis argues that the antidote to this Eastern encroachment is for Canada and the U.S. to become one giant nation.
She lists a number of potential benefits, among them:
- The U.S. will more easily gain energy self-sufficiency, and thus lower trade deficits, through easier access to Canadian oil.
- Canada is "basically empty" and presents massive development opportunities which would be kickstarted by a merger.
- Even with high levels of immigration, Canada is getting older. A merger with the U.S., which has more healthy demographics, would solve this problem.
- Nation states are basically obsolete in an age of globalization. A single Canada-U.S. nation would be a mega-nation controlling 12.25% of the world's landmass with the potential to dominate the global economy for decades to come.
Uh yeah, right Diane. You're talking about the superpower next door that seems to spend most of its time threatening to shut down its government. Perhaps the most corporatist nation on the planet with a decidedly "bought and paid for" Congress. We want that, right? A country that has substituted military force and the threat of force in place of diplomacy as its principal instrument of foreign policy, a country that has among the worst social outcomes in the G20, that America, right?
Tell you what, Diane. Take your dual citizenship and do a full Ted Cruz on it.