posted on Nov, 25 2004 @ 10:40 AM
For years, it seems, work has been underway to homogenize both countries so that Canada and the United States can easily merge into one country. One
case in point to illustrate this is in health care or, as it is popularly called, socialized medicine. Although the issue has been bandied about for
a number of years in the States, it has really only been since the Clinton administration that this issue has been address in any serious fashion. Of
course socialized medicine is still a long way from actualization (if ever). In Canada, a country with socialized medicine, there has been a steady,
seemingly deliberate, erosion of the health care system. In recent years, serious discussions have been raised about having a "two-tiered" system
of health care; one being a socialized form (with waiting lists for services) and the other a private, service for pay system.
It would almost seem that the United States is attempting to improve universal access to health care and that Canada is diluting their system of
universal access. By the time all is said and done -- say a decade or so -- it could be envisioned that both countries will have a health care
system that is rather similar. Any merger between these nations would have to deal with the health care systems before any assimulation could
possibly be accepted (certainly by Canadians). Numerous polls taken in Canada over the years have consistently reported that the health care system
is regarded as one of the most cherished and guarded aspects of Canadian government.
The biggest obstacle, however, would probably be the mater of bilingualism and Quebec sovereignty. The same problems that seem to be a thorn in
Canada's side would probably be a matter of contention with any NEW UNITED STATES -- Quebec! Hmmmm. In fact, the same issue that has, over the past
number of years, threatened to tear Canada apart -- Quebec sovereignty -- may actually help keep Canada together! Strange.
Nevertheless, I cannot help but feel that both Canada and the United States will have to merge for economic issues -- some having to do with climate
change -- will bring about a new continental national entity within the next century. This would be brought about through negotiation rather than
through military force -- unless things go in a very bizarre path such as Jeb Bush being elected president and I don't even want to think of that