Skip to comments.Four out of 10 Americans support annexing Canada, poll suggests
Posted on 10/13/2002 11:12:33 PM PDT by Michael2001
MONTREAL (CP) - Should Canada become the 51st American state? Four out of 10 Americans answered "sure" in a recent poll conducted by Leger Marketing of Montreal.
While 38 per cent of respondents said they would be "in favour of Canada being annexed to the United States," 49 per cent disagreed. Another 13 per cent said they did not know or refused to answer.
But those who follow Canada-U.S. relations closely said Canadians should not panic.
"I wouldn't worry about the army coming," said Christopher Sands, director of the Canada Project for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
"I don't think there's any manifest-destiny thinking much in the United States anymore. People don't want to just acquire territory."
Sands said he was somewhat puzzled by the "high minority" of Americans who said Canada should be annexed. However, he speculated the responses were an indication of goodwill and welcome towards Canadians should the government ever decide on its own that it wants to join the United States.
Canadians are no longer the strangers to Americans they once were, added Sands. So Americans are now more accepting of the cultural and political differences between the two countries than they were in the past and they aren't in a rush to launch a takeover of their neighbours to the north.
Harold Waller, who teaches U.S. politics at McGill University in Montreal, said Canadians should view the poll result as more of a curiosity than a real window on how Americans see us.
"I doubt if the average American knows enough about Canada to make a reasoned assessment, what the pros and cons might be," said Waller. "There's really an abysmal level of ignorance about Canada in the United States so I don't know what conclusions you can reach."
Waller said Americans likely didn't express overwhelming enthusiasm for annexation because they didn't see any obvious advantage to them.
From a historical perspective, there hasn't been a real push by Americans for annexation since the 19th century, he added.
Leger interviewed 1,000 Americans between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29 for the poll provided to The Canadian Press. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Leger also compared these results to a similar survey of 1,508 Canadians in early September 2001.
On the question of annexation by the United States, 19.9 per cent of Canadians said at that time that they would be in favour, while 76.5 per cent rejected the proposition. Another 3.6 per cent said they didn't know or refused to answer.
For this year's survey, the pollsters also asked Americans if they would be "in favour of Canada adopting the U.S. dollar as its national currency."
Fifty-eight per cent of respondents said "yes," while 28 per cent said "no" and 15 per cent said they didn't know or refused to answer.
In last year's poll, 39.9 per cent of Canadians said they'd be in favour of the switch, while 55.1 per cent were opposed and five per cent said they didn't know or refused to answer.
Sands said the wording of that question could have been interpreted by Americans as Canadians asking for permission to adopt the U.S. dollar after already deciding it was the best move for Canada.
"I'm sure the average American doesn't think, 'Gee those low Canadian dollars give them an export advantage,'" said Sands. "I don't think it's about imposition. I think it's about 'Well, yeah, we don't mind.'"
Waller said it wouldn't make a difference to the average American if Canada started using the U.S. dollar, noting Panama already uses the currency.
"I can't imagine the average American having a clue about the Canadian dollar, or what it means, or what its value is, or how it fluctuates."
Yeah, I agree. Alberta we'll take. The rest, well...forget it.
Whats wrong with the Yukon and British Columbia? Gives us a land bridge to Alaska and huge amounts of natural resources, and the current residents are by most part just as leery of the goverment as quite a few freepers!
Not going to happen Sam, at least not joining the USA that you know. Most posters mention Alberta ,which for some strange reason ,known only to the posters , would be happy swapping a Ottawa for a Washington. Given Alberta is "energy" what kind of energy deal would Washington hand to Edmonton? Albertans aren't that stupid. The big suprise comes when the Liberal governments of B.C. and Yukon, and the NDP socialist governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are mentioned. Bad Ontario is conservative and the richest. The only province never to receive stabilization payments. Yet for some reason, perhaps the existence of Ottawa within her borders , Ontario is viewed as beyond having any value. As for the Maitimes, we're keeping their wealth in oil, gas, and nickel a secret.
It's interesting to note that few ,if any, benefits would be in Canada's favour and that several benefits would be realized by the USA .Remembering that the only country ever to invade Canada has been the USA ,and that usually the smaller joins the larger I wonder that some day, after the Republics of Aztlan ,Hawaii, Alaska, Florida and North Eastern Somalia, formerly Maine, are recognized by the UN Canadians might vote 38% for allowing American PAU (Please annex us) delegates to visit Ottawa.:)
Nice find, Top
Sorry, but we don't want any more socialists joining the US. So I don't think the idea of Canada joining America is viable. [You'd have to get 3/4 of the states to agree as well as the Congress.] But the idea of Alberta breaking free -- is
My view is that Canada needs to decide whether She is going to make the effort required to find a way out of the decline She is in, or hasten the decline into disintergration.
We're not going to be your savior. And once you find out that you can handle things on your own and don't even need to be saved, you'll want to continue to be a free and soverign country.
I'm sure America and Americans will help you, but you need to take the lead in your own interests.
This whole idea of a USNA strikes me as being based on fear and greed and not goodness. I disagree with you about it gaining popularity.
The best idea I have heard is Alberta breaking free. Perhaps just a serious movement in that direction will ignite the changes needed...
C'mon ... wouldn't it be fun to annex Quebec and force them all to speak English (or possibly Esperanto)?