Canada, U.S. agree to use each other's troops in civil emergencies (1 Viewer)

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Anyone hear about this? I hadnt. Not sure what to make of it. :idunno:

Canada, U.S. agree to use each other's troops in civil emergencies


David Pugliese , Canwest News Service

Published: Friday, February 22, 2008
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.
Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.

The U.S. military's Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.

<script type="text/javascript">*var addthis_pub = 'canada.com'; function textCounter(field,cntfield,maxlimit) { if (field.value.length > maxlimit) // if too long...trim it! field.value = field.value.substring(0, maxlimit); // otherwise, update 'characters left' counter else { var divLabel = document.getElementById("divLabel"); divLabel.innerHTML = maxlimit - field.value.length + " characters remaining"; }</script>The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S.

The left-leaning Council of Canadians, which is campaigning against what it calls the increasing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, is raising concerns about the deal.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=403d90d6-7a61-41ac-8cef-902a1d14879d&k=14984
 

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It is becoming more and more difficult to call the conspiracy theorists that are calling for the North American Union crazy. We have the combining of militaries, open borders, the free trade agreements, dependency on each other's natural resources, our dollars are just about the same strength, an international highway and cultures that are becoming much more similar everyday.

I'm not saying it will happen, just saying it is becoming hard not to notice how much closer we are today than we were 15 years ago.
 

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It is becoming more and more difficult to call the conspiracy theorists that are calling for the North American Union crazy. We have the combining of militaries, open borders, the free trade agreements, dependency on each other's natural resources, our dollars are just about the same strength, an international highway and cultures that are becoming much more similar everyday.

I'm not saying it will happen, just saying it is becoming hard not to notice how much closer we are today than we were 15 years ago.

I have no interest in a North American Union.

I am, however, more then happy to accommodate an even high level of integration amongst Anglo-Saxon nations.
 

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So will there be 60 stars, or 60 maple leafs?
 
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It is becoming more and more difficult to call the conspiracy theorists that are calling for the North American Union crazy. We have the combining of militaries, open borders, the free trade agreements, dependency on each other's natural resources, our dollars are just about the same strength, an international highway and cultures that are becoming much more similar everyday.

I'm not saying it will happen, just saying it is becoming hard not to notice how much closer we are today than we were 15 years ago.

I dont think I can be categorized as a conspiracy theorist, nor an isolationist, but I dont get why the whole world is so damned horny to create these "unions" and trade agreements that border on merges.

So will there be 60 stars, or 60 maple leafs?

More importantly, are you ready to take orders from the the canucks, and have backbacon in your MREs? :hihi:

I blame Canada for Terrance & Phillips
 

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I think it is inevitable that someday the US and Canada will be one governing body. It will probably happen when Quebec gets around to declaring independance.
 

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I have no interest in a North American Union.

I am, however, more then happy to accommodate an even high level of integration amongst Anglo-Saxon nations.

Same here. I was just stating the obvious that was eventually going to come up. Neighboring countries should be willing to lend each other a hand and I'm pretty sure this was an unspoken agreement before the official agreement ever came up. However, the fact that it is now an agreement and was done so quietly it makes you wonder if one day we wake up and find out our governments agreed to share natural resources, laws and currencies.
 

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I don't see what the big deal is. Our National Guard is stressed and stretched maximally. If we had another Katrina or 9-11 or major earthquake, what happens? Our neighbors come to our aid, just as we have for numerous other countries. Anybody remember the Mexican army pitching in to help Katrina evacuees? I really don't think there's anything to see here, but why wasn't it a 3-way agreement that includes Mexico. I realize the language barrier is a factor, but there could be situations where it wouldn't be extremely limiting and may even be helpful.
 

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I don't see what the big deal is. Our National Guard is stressed and stretched maximally. If we had another Katrina or 9-11 or major earthquake, what happens? Our neighbors come to our aid, just as we have for numerous other countries. Anybody remember the Mexican army pitching in to help Katrina evacuees? I really don't think there's anything to see here, but why wasn't it a 3-way agreement that includes Mexico. I realize the language barrier is a factor, but there could be situations where it wouldn't be extremely limiting and may even be helpful.

Agreed. They actually were down helping during Katrina but an agreement like this would have potentially allowed them to come in much larger force I'm assuming. I don't see this as being a negative since we are strong allies.

I'm assuming the exclusion of Mexico was political. Not quite the right political atmosphere currently to cut Mexico in on the deal.
 

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I think it is inevitable that someday the US and Canada will be one governing body. It will probably happen when Quebec gets around to declaring independance.

I doubt that. Too many philosophical differences on health care and strip bars.
 

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