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“I predict that by the year 2050 the U.S. and Canada will be merged into one super nation…mutual necessity and shared values will drive us together” — John McLaughlin on his PBS show aired April 18, 2014

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP:

“An interesting book. I predict that by the year 2050 the U.S. and Canada will be merged into one super nation, mutual necessity and shared values will drive us together.”

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DON TAPSCOTT, TORONTO STAR:

“Francis’ though experiment is a must read – meticulously documented, calmly and rationally argued, commanding a rich knowledge of world political and economic history, she paints a compelling tapestry that is hard to dismiss.”

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Scripps Howard syndicated columnist Anne McFeatters,
Pittsburgh Post,- Chicago Sun Times, Boston Herald
“Diane Francis, a respected journalist and author who lives in Toronto and New York City, has laid out serious arguments for a mutual union in a new book.”

Michael Medved, The Michael Medved Show.
“An interesting read”

TheDetroitNews

Detroit News, Laura Berman
“Diane Francis has a charming idea, one that Detroit area residents may instantly respond to. Her modest proposal would create a merger. Call it the United States of Canada. To Francis, a Toronto-based/Chicago-born business journalist who dedicated four years to research her argument, the obstacles are merely emotional, not practical.”

thewallstreet

Wall Street Journal
“Ms. Francis takes an in-depth look at the issues facing the two countries, and suggests a number of models for a “merger.” They range from a joint venture to develop the Arctic, patterned after the Marshall Plan program of U.S. aid to Europe after WWII, to an all-out merger like that between East and West Germany.”

TheGuardian

The Guardian.
“Her thesis rests partly on the claim that the two countries have become more alike in recent decades as the US grows more liberal and Canada less parochial, but she admits the notion of 35 million new Democratic-leaning voters might prove a deal-breaker for many Republicans, as well as a few politicians north of the border. “Canadians would act like a fabric softener for US politics,” claims Francis, allowing reforms like universal healthcare to take root, while also providing a pressure valve for conservative Americans and Quebecois nationalists alike.”

Bloomberg

Bloomberg
“Merger of the Century, a fascinating idea”

NationalJournal

National Journal, DC
“Both countries are facing existential problems, she says. For Canada, it is its small, aging population, and an inability to protect its vast resources from “wolves at the door”—namely China and Russia—with a navy of just 8,500 seamen (a single U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier boasts 6,000 sailors). In exchange, the U.S. gets “energy independence, national security, millions of jobs, business opportunities, 35 million educated workers, and a complete predominance as the world’s energy, tech, mining, and minerals superpower,” Francis says. “And we
would end the logjam in Washington.”

Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Editor at Large Cities at Atlantic Magazine.
“Diane Francis’ The Merger of the Century, makes a powerful, persuasive and pragmatic case for why Canada and the US should merge to form the most potent economic unit on the planet.”

AlJazeera

Al Jazeera America host, Ali Velshi
“Fascinating read”

TheNewYorker

The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik
“Merger makes a hard-headed, practical business argument….Match American gee-whiz with Canadian let’s-see, and it will produce a super country—rather like a marriage between a dull, stable person who owns a nice chunk of land and is looking for a little fun and a slightly crazed but still attractive one who needs some stability after a wild stretch. Francis also makes the shrewd point that the two outlier regions in both countries—Quebec in Canada, and the American South—have been allowed to unduly distort the politics of both countries, with Quebec’s suspicions tugging Canada hard to the left and the South’s paranoia pulling the United States far to the right. The outliers, in this scheme, would be bypassed, or perhaps seduced.”

Forma Harrop

RealClearPolitics, Seattle Times, Denver Post
by Froma Harrop,Creators Syndicate
“Merger of the Century is provocative and persuasive.”

ForeignPolicy

Foreign Policy, J. Dana Stuster
“She believes a U.S.-Canadian union is essential to both countries’ futures — that facing economic infringement, “a merger makes good business sense.” She’s thought it through, down to the last dollar each Canadian should be compensated for their natural resources in a U.S. buyout.”

WorldPolicyJournal

World Policy Journal
“United States of Canada, a rather provocative idea”

Lots-ABooks review
“An important and bracing book”