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As one of NR’s house Canadians, can I comment on this North American Union the maple hegemon is about to impose on the continent?

Chances of an EU-style sovereignty pooling arrangement in North America? Zero per cent – whatever Tom Tancredo and the CFR say. In Europe, the EU controls trade policy, sales tax rates, immigration and a ton of other stuff including the approved curvature of bananas. In North America, the Province of Quebec sets its own tax rates, controls its own immigration policy and regulates a ton of other stuff including the color of margarine (it is illegal to sell butter-toned butter substitutes in Quebec – hence, no I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. It would have to be a wan off-white color and you’d very easily believe it’s not butter). Seven million Quebecers are not going to submerge themselves within 300 million anglophones – and, as Quebec determines Canada’s disposition in almost everything, an EU-style North America is not going to happen.

So relax, and enjoy Thanksgiving – unless you’re Canadian, in which case you enjoyed it back on Columbus Day. Which is one more reason there won’t be a North American Union. At any rate not until the Hispanic States of North Mexico and the Islamic Dominion of Canada decide to merge circa 2037.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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