Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, occupying most of northern North America. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, Canada shares land borders with the United States to the northwest and south.
Inhabited first by aboriginal peoples, Canada was founded as a union of British colonies (some of which were formerly French colonies). Canada gained independence from the United Kingdom in an incremental process that began in 1867 and ended in 1982; it remains a Commonwealth Realm.
Canada is a federal constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy. Comprising ten provinces and three territories, Canada is a bilingual and multicultural country, with both English and French as official languages at the federal level. A technologically advanced and industrialized nation, Canada maintains a diversified economy that is heavily reliant upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade — particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship.
The United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos (help·info)), or simply Mexico (Spanish: México (help·info)), is a country located in North America, bounded on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. The United Mexican States conform a constitutional republican federation of thirty-one states and a federal district, Mexico City, one of the most populous cities on Earth.
Covering almost 2 million square kilometers, Mexico is the 5th largest country in the Americas by total area and 15th largest in the world. With a population of about 108 million, it is the 11th most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world.
As the only Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1994, Mexico is firmly established as an upper middle-income country. Federal elections held in July 2000 marked the first time since 1929 that an opposition party defeated the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional: PRI) at the national presidential race, culminating a process of political alternation that had begun at the local level since the 1980s.
The United States of America is a country of the western hemisphere, comprising fifty states and several territories. Forty-eight contiguous states lie in central North America between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bound on land by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south; Alaska is in the northwest of the continent with Canada to its east, and Hawaii is in the mid-Pacific. The United States is a federal constitutional republic; Washington, its capital, is coextensive with the District of Columbia (D.C.), the federal capital district.
At over 3.7 million square miles (over 9.6 million km²) and with over 300 million people, the United States is the third largest country by both total area and population. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of over $13 trillion, the U.S. has the largest national economy in the world. GDP per capita ranks first among the larger economies of the world, and third or eighth overall, depending on the measurement. The product of large-scale historical immigration and home to a complex social structure as well as a wide array of household arrangements, the U.S. is one of the world's most ethnically and socially diverse nations.
The nation was founded by thirteen colonies declaring their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776 and ratifying the Articles of Confederation, on March 1, 1781. It adopted the current constitution on September 17, 1787. The country greatly expanded in territory throughout the 19th century acquiring further territory from Britain, as well as lands from France, Mexico, Spain, and Russia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, it became the world's sole remaining superpower. The United States continues to exert dominant economic, political, cultural, and military influence around the globe.
North American Union
We (meaning IICC) believe that the time has come for Canada, Mexico and the United States to form a new union which we are suggesting be called the North American Union.
Stephen Harper, the current Prime Minister of Canada, was sworn in as their 22nd Prime Minister on February 6, 2006. One can learn more about Stephen Harper by going to the web site -- http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/default.asp.
Mexico has just elected a new and very dynamic Harvard educated President – Felipe Calderon. One can learn more about him by going to www.presidencia.gob.mx/en/.
President George Bush is now near the end of his second term. While President Bush has many issues and problems, we believe that this is now the time for him to do something so that historians will identify him in an entirely new light. Again the time is now, and we mean “right now” to act.
For this reason, we are starting this site today – March 10, 2007.
President Bush has taken the ball to improve the image of the United States by visiting various Latin American Countries. He is scheduled to meet with President Calderon in a few days. This would be the perfect time to start talking about the North American Union and what it could mean to each of the participants - Canada, Mexico and the United States. Obviously they will want to draw on the experience – both good and bad – of the existing European Union.
Strength in Unity
Our next suggestion is that each person who comes to this site now start educating himself and herself as to each country - strengths, weaknesses and particularly with those common factors that will make the establishment of the North American Union an organization that will long term improve the overall life for each of the people living within this area.
A good way to begin would be to click on the web sites noted below and starting your education on these three countries immediately.