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Diane Francis' U.S.-Canada merger idea draws negative reaction

TORONTO – One of Toronto’s most prominent business knows Canadians might not support it, but she is proposing a Canada-U.S. merger in a new book that is generating a lot of buzz online.

It is being denounced as “treason” by some on social media but National Post editor-at-large Diane Francis makes a strong case for the merger in The Merger of the Century.

She said the idea is getting a lot of resistance — especially from Canadians.

“In 1985, when Donald MacDonald came out with a shocking idea and that was Canada’s only hope — free trade with the Americans — same, exact reaction.”

Francis said she explores several merger models that could address the differences between the two nations.

“You do a joint venture, you do a German reunification full-on merger where you become 13 states and then you govern together or do you move very quickly toward a European Union model?”

Francis said a true business model merger or buyout by the U.S. might mean each Canadian gets up to $500,000.

“I did a corporate investment merger model and it looks at valuing the assets — the relative assets the two populations bring.”

“That’s where I came up with the figure that Canadians are worth roughly $500,000 in assets — more than the Americans, so that would have to be somehow compensated for if it was a business merger,” she said.

A merger, Francis said, would create a giant North American economic powerhouse that can compete with the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations.

Listen to political affairs specialist John Stall’s interview with Diane Francis below:

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