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Suitanim
04-10-2006, 11:19 AM
Fringe Canadian political group proposes US absorbing Canada....here's a list of pro's and con's:

http://www.unitednorthamerica.org/procon.htm

Pros for Canada:
There are many more benefits for Canada than the few stated below, but the major ones pointed out have real ramifications for the average Canadian citizen.

Reduction in taxes by up to 50%.
Elimination of red tape, customs and duties on trade (US is Canada's largest trading partner), and increase in trade/commerce within North America.
Reduction in all costs for products that originate from the USA (73% of Canada's imports).
Increase in industrial and consumer goods available (eg. machine parts, clothing & apparel, fruits), and thus reduce costs for the average consumer.
Significant increases in funding on the federal level in all areas (eg. technological, medical, infrastructure, military)
Increase in national security by means of a uniform continental defense perimeter, and elimination of border guards at the Canadian border, so that they may be used in more important areas (eg. airports, harbors and Mexican border).
Increase in job opportunities in present-day Canada during transition stage (eg. tax & law specialists, city planners) and afterwards due to economic stimulus from merger.
Increase in health care quality.
Gain ability to choose a President in 'national' elections, and participate in a Triple-E Senate.
Gain a seat in the strongest and most powerful nation on the planet, and thus have a voice within it.
Reduce debt burden .
Attain a stronger economy and nation.
Pros for USA:
The benefits for the USA are not as dramatic since the nation would be increasing its population base by only 10%. However, there are some considerable benefits for the average US citizen.

Increase in tax base and domestic market by 11%.
Increase land mass by 104%.
Decrease in trade deficit by 10%.
Elimination of red tape, customs and duties on trade (Canada is US' largest trading partner), and increase in trade/commerce within North America.
Reduction in costs for all products which originate from Canada (Canadian products account for 19% of all US imports).
Increase in raw resources available (eg water, natural gas, electricity, aluminum), and thus reduce costs for the average consumer.
Increase cooperation and progress in research & development throughout the continent.
Increase in national security by means of a uniform continental defense perimeter, and elimination of border guards at the Canadian border, so that they may be used in more important areas (eg. airports, harbors and Mexican border).
Increase in labor market available to employers (no more working visas required for Canadian workers).
Increase in military manpower available.
Create more unity within America, and bring Alaska into the contiguous US.
Attain a stronger economy and nation.
Cons for Canada:
One disadvantage is being the number one world power. Being number one yields many benefits, but also draws attention towards you.
When Canadians travel abroad, many people have friendly or ambivalent feelings towards them based on their nationality. This is not because Canadians are better people. It is simply due to the fact that Canada has a small population that is not nearly so well known across the globe. For many people outside North America, the perception of Canada is a land full of many trees, beautiful water and a population of a few million lumberjacks and Eskimos. However, when USAmericans travel abroad, many people outside North America assume to know all about America through Hollywood movies and television. There is also a tendency for some to dislike Americans for the actions of their politicians whom hold such great power and influence over nations of the world. They resent the United States being the wealthiest nation in the world with the mightiest military, complete with neutron bombs and stealth bombers. So, becoming the big kid on the block may gain you some respect, but also some animosity.


Cons for USA:
Although Canada has a very affluent society with many college graduates, there is also a portion of the population who lives on the welfare system. This portion of the population is larger per capita than comparison to the US. Canada also has a linguistic divide; Quebec has often been the albatross around Canada's neck, tearing apart the country with radical demands. However, if Quebec were to sign on to the US Constitution such issues would finally be put to an end.

Cape Cod Steel Head
04-10-2006, 12:45 PM
Cons for Canada : George Bush would be your President.

PisnNapalm
04-10-2006, 02:12 PM
They can keep the cold weather though ehh? Take off ehh.... you hoser.:sofunny:

Canada would lose it's over the counter codein medicines and there perscriptions would skyrocket in price.

Stlrs4Life
04-10-2006, 04:22 PM
Cons for Canada : George Bush would be your President.


LOL!


Also, we can use there border guards. The US border guards are all *******s.