There are some among us who imagine an Armageddon brought about by China and Russia against Canada and the U.S.A.  Of course there are others who could also, quite conceivably, fall prey to them as in Africa, Asia and Europe, and may already have done so.

In our part of the world, a China and Russia takeover could mean an infiltration into Canadian banking and drilling firms, securing that nation’s oil and natural gas fields for pillage.  Meanwhile, Russia could muscle Canada out of its extraction claims in the Arctic.  China could secure the sea lanes along the Northwest Passage, denying Canada its sovereignty.  Ultimately, Canada could fall into vassal state status, reliant on neo-colonial patriarchs in Beijing and Moscow.

This scenario would not leave the U.S. untouched.  Russia could throw down the gauntlet in the Arctic against Canada’s and America’s interests.  China could target our resources and become a predator of the U.S.  The U.S., after all, is already mainly broke, trying to police the world and deliver American democracy to nations where it will never be institutionalized.  Meanwhile, the U.S. continues buying foreign oil in bankruptcy-causing volume from despots in the Middle East, buying cheap goods from Asia where American jobs have been sent and buying the overzealous protection of Israel at the cost of all of Islam in ill will and terrorist activity.

What’s an answer to these current and anticipated threats to Canada and the U.S.?  Is it a merger of Canada and the U.S.?  Here are two arguments for it:

1. Canada could gain an American military with a stake in protecting its borders from foreign incursions, gaining investment capital and a population of people to develop oil, natural gas and other mining projects in its undeveloped north;

2. The United States would have access to an estimated 13 percent of the world’s remaining undiscovered oil reserves and 30 percent of its undiscovered natural gas.

What would a united Ameri-Canada look like?  In terms of acreage, it would be the largest country in the world, surpassing Russia, even all of South America, in size.  Its economy would be larger than the European Union’s.  Since each country is the other’s largest trading partner, trade deficits would disappear.  Ameri-Canada would be a lucrative petrostate, serving the needs here and reversing indebtedness.

While a merger could reverse the livelihoods of both Canadian and U.S. citizens, it probably will never happen.  For openers, Canadians revere their independence.  Then, too, the biggest hurdle may be the way Canadians take care of all their citizens.  In Canada, there is real community while the U.S. appears evermore determined to end all of its social programs and re-establish a way of life from the 1800s where it was “every man for himself.” Here, also, there’s the concentration of excessive wealth in one to two percent of the population with ongoing successful efforts by them to buy the nation’s office-holders after getting them elected, conditions of politics unacceptable to Canadians.

Then there’s corporate welfare in the U.S. and tax evasion by the rich, compliments of all three branches of a federal government in Washington, D.C.  Again, these allowances for the super wealthy, burdening further the American middle class, are anathema to our north.

Canada’s parliament would never shutdown the government while threatening not to pay its debts.  End of story.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)