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January 4, 2010

Will Canada Ever Join the United States?

POLITICS - The quickest answer is no. Not during this century at least.

The issue of whether Canada should (or will ever) join the United States has been batted around for several decades, if not longer. The big problem however is that even if a majority of Canadians decided they wanted to join the United States (or merge into a North American Union, including Mexico) the simple fact of the matter its not is Canada's Confederation is broken down into the provinces & territories. Individual provinces/territories of Canada would have to each agree to join the United States.

That means the smaller governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador would all have to agree to become part of the United States.

And it would have to be unanimous.

That means if Quebec, Newfoundland or any other province decided they didn't want to join, the whole issue would be moot.

However that doesn't mean Canada might not eventually develop stronger economic or military ties with the USA. As members of NAFTA, NATO, NASA, NORAD and several other North American acronyms Canada is already pretty much the 51st state anyway.

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