Just a quick note. Recently The Brookings Institution* a prestigious U.S. think-tank proposed a common market for the Great lakes area of North America. It noted that
“If it stood alone as a country . . . it would be the second biggest economic unit on Earth, second only to the U.S. economy as a whole and larger than Japan, the rising powers of China and India, and the traditional heavyweights of Germany and the U.K.”
Canada.com went so far as to say that the “Think-tank call[ed] for a United States of Great Lakes.” This is a gross exaggeration of the Think Tank’s position but it is not a bad idea.
I would take this one step further and say, that since many of the states that border the great lakes tend to be Democrat blue states and the Democrats tend to resemble Canadians politically, that rather than forming a new United States of Great Lakes, why not just have them join Canada. Hey, universal health care, improved welfare and stronger beer (not to mention better hockey)
Come join the True North Strong and Free eh?
*The Brookings Institution is a non-profit public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.