A family walks down a snowy street in the Arctic town of Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories.

The Arctic town of Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories. Would a merger with the United States ensure sustainable communities in Canada's Arctic?
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Eye on the Arctic – Would a Canada-U.S. merger be good for the North?

Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across the North

Canada and the United States have a reputation for being among the world’s friendliest neighbours.

They share a common language, a common culture and what’s regularly touted as the longest undefended border in the world.

The Free Trade Agreement between the two nations in 1987 created even stronger economic links.

But American-Canadian columnist Diane Francis, one of Canada’s best known and most provocative business writers, says that Canada and the U.S. haven’t gone far enough.

In her controversial new book, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, Francis argues that in order for the two countries to take on the world’s increasingly complex economic challenges, they need to become one nation.

She says the cost of doing nothing could have serious consequences, especially for the Arctic.

To find out more, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn reached Diane Francis this week in Toronto.

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