Sans Frontiers?

Letter From the Upper Midwest

“What is the purpose of your journey to Canada and how long do you plan to stay?”

That is the question anyone traveling across the Canadian border has to answer to the border guards, no matter where he crosses.  For myself, it was at the Pigeon River (which divides Minnesota and Ontario near the beautiful Grand Portage/Mt. Josephine area) on my way to Thunder Bay, the last leg of my summer vacation.

If predictions from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace come true, such border crossings would no longer exist.  The U.S-Canadian border, which 200 million people (according to estimates) cross every year and through which one billion dollars in trade flows every 12 months, will simply cease to be—“disappear before any politician finds the political courage to negotiate its removal,” according to Demetrios Papademetriou, one of the authors of a recent study conducted by Carnegie.

I spotted a story on the study on the bottom half of the front page of the National Post while having drinks in the Valhalla Hotel’s bar and lounge, in an attempt to unwind after a three-hour drive from Duluth and a morning rendezvous with a wonderful hotel clerk.  Canadian newspapers and magazines carry many stories on globalization and nationalism, far more than you would find in a U.S. newspaper and written in a more studious and serious tone.  If Canadians read...

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