Leaked U.S. cable lays out North American 'integration' strategy
The integration of North America’s economies would best be achieved through an “incremental” approach, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable.
The cable, released through the WikiLeaks website and apparently written Jan. 28, 2005, discusses some of the obstacles surrounding the merger of the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a fashion similar to the European Union.
“An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers,” the document said. “The economic payoff of the prospective North American initiative … is available, but its size and timing are unpredictable, so it should not be oversold.”
I personally believe that the financial crisis will be used as an excuse to form such a union, with a new currency and the entire "deal" would be sold as a way out of the financial crisis.
Many different areas of a possible integration are discussed throughout the cable, but the focus is on improving the economic welfare of the continent. It suggests one of the main benefits to Canada would be easier access across the U.S. border, calling it a “top motive” for this country.
In the cable, U.S. diplomats focused on a number of key areas to move forward with continental integration, including a possible common currency, labour markets, international trade and the borders of the three countries.
The document states Canadian economists point to labour markets as one of the areas which could have the greatest benefit for all three countries.
“They advocate freeing up professional licensing laws, and developing a quick, simple, low-cost work permit system, at least for U.S. and Canadian citizens,” the cable said.
It goes on to say North America would be well served by implementing a single, continent wide, tariff or a customs union arrangement.
We've already seen the "common borders" theme used as a basis for integration:
It suggests one of the main benefits to Canada would be easier access across the U.S. border, calling it a “top motive” for this country.
The cable states Canada and the U.S. already share permitter security “to some degree,” the question is then how “strong” the two countries want to make that bond
Whether this succeeds or not is anyone's guess, but undoubtedly there is a movement to accomplish this union. Additionally, because this previously hidden information now reveals that there actually is a tangible effort to get this done, it must be taken seriously.
Will we ultimately have 10 world unions?