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According to Diane Francis each Canadian should receive a check for around $500K through such a merger process to pay us for the natural resources they would acquire. That sounds good, we could all retire and go to Florida. However a lot of us up here would want to do away with the noose, electric chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, as well as being able to buy an AR 15 at the corner store. That may be a snag for a lot of Americans.

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According to Diane Francis each Canadian should receive a check for around $500K through such a merger process to pay us for the natural resources they would acquire.

Uh, right. That's in the OP.

That sounds good, we could all retire and go to Florida. However a lot of us up here would want to do away with the noose, electric chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, as well as being able to buy an AR 15 at the corner store. That may be a snag for a lot of Americans.

My mother already does this, when she protests Florida policy as a winter resident there. There's nothing different in that. Capital punishment as a policy doesn't seem to have much a future anyway IMO.

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.... However a lot of us up here would want to do away with the noose, electric chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, as well as being able to buy an AR 15 at the corner store. That may be a snag for a lot of Americans.

The Americans would likewise have a problem with a monarchy and head of state determined by the historical mating habits of rich Europeans, and would want to do away with smashing baby seal skulls with hakapiks.

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Yeah, another point I made which to my knowledge has remained unaddressed. We simply can't predict with real accuracy the financial effects of such a massive merger....not to mention that the panaceas of low taxes and low consumer prices (which are not totally without issue in and of themselves, just by the way!), aren't irrefutably going to be the status quo in the future United States of AmeriCanada anyway.

I should think that a....well, conservative...approach would be extreme caution.

I tend to agree. The two countries get along fine. We have too much in common for armed hostilities to ever arise. Why fix what ain't broke. We don't need merger.
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The Americans would likewise have a problem with a monarchy and head of state determined by the historical mating habits of rich Europeans, and would want to do away with smashing baby seal skulls with hakapiks.

We patriated our constitution over 30 yars ago. The crown is symbollic and does what WE say with regard to OUR laws. We stopped executing people 51 years ago, you still do it. And don't be so silly as to bring up animal cruelty as some feeble attempt at redemption. Go watch a movie called "Food Inc". BTW we shut down the seal fir industry long ago.

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We patriated our constitution over 30 yars ago. The crown is symbollic and does what WE say with regard to OUR laws. We stopped executing people 51 years ago, you still do it.

I have socks older than your "patriated" constitution. I don't care why the royal progeny of a fallen empire remains Canada's head of state, just saying that such "symbollic" leftovers simply won't do for most Americans. But the Queen does have a nice hat collection.

And don't be so silly as to bring up animal cruelty as some feeble attempt at redemption. Go watch a movie called "Food Inc". BTW we shut down the seal fir industry long ago.

Isn't "Food Inc." an American film ? Are the seal carcasses processed for food after being skinned, or just left to rot on the ice ? Animal abuse gets far more attention than capital punishment.

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I have socks older than your "patriated" constitution. I don't care why the royal progeny of a fallen empire remains Canada's head of state, just saying that such "symbollic" leftovers simply won't do for most Americans. But the Queen does have a nice hat collection.

Isn't "Food Inc." an American film ? Are the seal carcasses processed for food after being skinned, or just left to rot on the ice ? Animal abuse gets far more attention than capital punishment.

The seals are consumed by the people who kill them, the people of Nfld. and Labrador, both for the meat and the skins, which is waht they have traditionally done The wholescale killing to make money out of sealskin boots to Europe was outlawed long ago. Yes, "Food Inc" is American.

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Americans would have to get their shit together on socialized health care for starters. Obama is trying but the rednecks are still...rednecks. So until that is sorted, there is no chance. That silly patchwork in the States is just not acceptable in Canada.

But it is acceptable to many Canadians, those crossing the border for faster care and those already living and working in the U.S. outright.

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Canadians cross the border to get a tooth pulled, or a knee cap fixed. They sure as hell don't go there if they have cancer.

Yes they do...just ask Belinda Stronach. Canadian provinces have standing contracts with American health care providers for such things. They are not waiting for any official merger.

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Yes they do...just ask Belinda Stronach. Canadian provinces have standing contracts with American health care providers for such things. They are not waiting for any official merger.

Belinda Stronach is a multi millionaire. America dolls out health care first of all to the haves, and then some time later, maybe, when we have time, to the have nots. You must be a have.

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Belinda Stronach is a multi millionaire. America dolls out health care first of all to the haves, and then some time later, maybe, when we have time, to the have nots. You must be a have.

This is pretty funny considering that health care is "dolled" out in Canada with long waiting lists, except for those who can pay for faster care.

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Wrong! Having more money doesn't get you to the head of the line in Canada. Need gets you there.

This is something else that will have to be worked out before any merger. Having everyone suffering in queue patriotically may be the Canadian way, but that simply won't do for most Americans.

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