Originally Posted by DrumJunkie
The problem lies in both countries becoming one would not want be absorbed by the other. And becoming something else entirely different means giving up ones national identity. I honestly don't see either one being willing to do that any time soon.
True enough. I really think that that's the biggest issue, its not so much about pros/cons, but about politics and peoples personal patriotism. That said, are our past differences so important that our future can't accept change?
Also seeing as how both Canada and the US are federations of states/provinces that at one time or other gave up their individual autonomy to join a larger and stronger union. What changed that nowadays we won't do the same. Both nations made sacrifices to accept other states, and the states made sacrifices to join the group. I find it interesting that now neither of our nations thinks like that anymore.
the United North America website on the first page has a stats page on it, that mentions per capita GDP - sorry I don't remember them to put it up. But GDP per capita is about the same in Canada and the US, and the average Canadian pays LESS on healthcare than the average US, and we have a longer expected lifespan... BUT we DO pay somewhat higher taxes... that I'm not too fond of!
Of course Canada has a much lower population - about 36 million to the US's what... 330?
PS. roughly one third of Canadian households own at least 1 firearm. So we're not totally unarmed!