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Merger Of The Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by [Francis, Diane]
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"Diane Francis' The Merger of the Century makes a powerful, persuasive and pragmatic case for why Canada and the US should merge to form the most potent economic unit on the planet." – RICHARD FLORIDA, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Editor at Large Cities at Atlantic Magazine

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No two nations in the world are as integrated, economically and socially, as are the United States and Canada. We share geography, values and the largest unprotected border in the world. 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 we wrestle with internal political gridlock and fiscal challenges and clash over border problems, the economies of the larger world change and flourish. Emerging economies sailed through the meltdown of 2008. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that by 2018, China's economy will be bigger than that of the United States; when combined with India, Japan and the four Asian Tigers—South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong--China's economy will be bigger than that of the G8 (minus Japan).

Rather than continuing on this road to mutual decline, our two nations should chart a new course. Bestselling author Diane Francis proposes a simple and obvious solution: What if the United States and Canada merged into one country? The most audacious initiative since the Louisiana Purchase would solve the biggest problems each country expects to face: the U.S.'s national security threats and declining living standards; and Canada's difficulty controlling and developing its huge land mass stemming from a lack of capital, workers, technology and military might. Merger of the Century builds both a strong political argument and a compelling business case, treating our two countries not only as sovereign entities but as merging companies.

We stand on the cusp of a new world order. Together, by marshalling resources and combining efforts, Canada and America have a greater chance of succeeding. As separate nations, the future is in much greater doubt indeed.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Sept. 27 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENH6ZIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is well worth reading. It explains a great many fascinating -- and disturbing -- facts about Canada. It also proposes some unconventional solutions to our national problems.

For example, it explains that our government owns most of the land in Canada. Many of the natural resources on that land remain undeveloped. Collectively, all Canadians share ownership of that land. Hence, if we merged the USA and Canada into one country, the USA should pay each of us for the resource-rich government-owned Canadian land.

Since we are the owners of that land, we should each get paid $12,000 for every year we have lived here. In other words, a 50-year-old lifetime Canadian resident should receive $618,000 -- along with American citizenship. Of course, we would each keep our own homes and personal property. (See page 237.)

Some aspects of a Canada-USA merger are not explained well in the book. For example, if Quebec wants to separate, how would that be accomplished? And what if the First Nations did not agree to a merger?

It seems more likely to me that a merger would be triggered by either Quebec or Alberta attempting to leave Canada. The book did not discuss that in detail. I hope this author -- or another -- will take on that challenge.

I don't know whether this book is realistic, but it presents some very interesting ideas. Even if the book did not always convince me, it gave me a new perspective, and really got me thinking. The Canadian economy faces some formidable structural problems, and we all need to think about our options as a country.

This book gets 5 stars, not because I agree with it entirely (I'm not sure), but because it is very interesting, original, and thought-provoking. For that reason, I highly recommend it.
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Background

Diane Francis, an American journalist originally from Chicago wrote this book after living in Canada for many years and she has worked for several news organizations here in Canada.

However, I think that in living in Canada, she has acquired a largely superficial understanding of Canadians, but not how Canadians think. This is a mistake that Americans I find frequently make, and I say this having lived in the US for several years of my life. Our outlook, although there are some similarities is different. I think it is similar to how the Nordic nations as well see themselves. I have noticed that quite a few times, they have found the idea that they are the same (by Nordic, I refer to the nations Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Finland) as quite offensive.

This book and its core arguments

The book attempts to argue that both nations would benefit because the US has been in decline over the past few decades and basically Canada has lots of natural resources. She argues that China and the rise of the other East Asian powers has been very rapid in their rise, yet at the same time, rivals to Western dominance. Similarly, she recognizes that Russia is at times, in disagreement with the US and Canada.

I want to give her some credit for recognizing the problems that both nations face. However the problem is that the solutions she proposes would make existing problems worse. To give an example, she recognizes that planned economic models have gained traction and especially since 2008, the economic situation of the US is such that the American economic model has largely been discredited because the average American is much poorer than before, whilst all of the gains of productivity have flown to the very wealthy.
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Ironic that this book should hit the shelves in the wake of a financial disaster that Canada survived because it resisted the equally irresistible logic of economic integration in terms of bank mergers and financial deregulation. An independent central bank and currency also explains the relatively good performance of Sweden and Iceland during the euro crisis.

Diane Francis sis a good, reputable writer, but readers should be looking for the flaw in the argument.
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As a Canadian, I love the model she proposes in which Canadians wouldn't be allowed to vote for the federal government. I love her argument that because America wouldn't actually pay us anything until they felt like it, Canadians would be really powerful creditors despite having no means to enforce collection on the debt. I love the idea of losing our Constitution, all of our laws, all of any kind of institutions we have, our relationships with every other country in the world, the right to control who we lease our land to and who to give our jobs to, control over our resources and the profits they generate, and our health care, while gaining American gun laws, a Congress that doesn't work, the deterioration of civil rights, and a failing education system. Fortunately, we get American military protection, and we'll certainly need it while forcing everyone else on the planet to dance to America's tune. I'm not sure how we can, at the same time, cut back on military spending, but the math skills Francis demonstrates assures me it can all work out. I feel a lot of respect for someone who constantly calls Canadians leeches who have built nothing of our own and have been so thoroughly taking advantage of the poor noble Americans. I feel really badly that Canada makes America so mad by creating our own laws and making our own decisions and acting like we're a sovereign nation. Her creative interpretations of Canadian history and law gave me a lot of smiles. And then there's her wonderful habit of misusing source material. It was such a delight each time she claimed an article said one thing while the writer of that article said the opposite. She might want to do something about the bitterness she feels towards the British, though. The American Revolution was a while ago and it could be time to move on.
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