Business Insider’s Adam Taylor on Merger of the Century

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Since the publication of her book calling for a merger between the U.S. and Canada, Diane Francis has been showered on Twitter and elsewhere with some not-too-kind reactions.

One person called it a “loony idea,” while another wrote that they had to check the calender to see if it was April Fool’s Day. “You, Madam, are a traitor!” another man wrote, before more succinctly explaining his position in a one word follow up tweet: “TREASON!

But her book, “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country,” is meant to generate serious debate.

Author of nine books, 66-year-old Francis has worked as a columnist for Maclean’s magazine and the New York Sun. She currently works as an Editor-at-Large at the National Post and divides her time between Toronto and New York City. She tells Business Insider that her new book was conceived four years ago, but the concept was kept a secret til last week.

“It is one big idea book,” she explains. “I wanted it to be a complete intellectual package. I didn’t want to come out with the idea and have Canadians dismiss it.” At around 120,000 words and with 30 pages of end notes, Francis says the book has been thoroughly researched.

Read the full article in Business Insider.