|My vacation in Niagara Falls. I took a picture of the International Boundary Line at the Rainbow Bridge. Its one of the many border crossings that the United States and Canada share.|
Our future dictator has one of his properties in Toronto.
Our neighbor to the north is concerned about the nationalist stance of your incoming dictator. His surprise win has concerns globally. He is not prepared for the job. The controversial billionaire/racist/sexist/pussy grabbing/reality television star who will become the 1st Dictator of the United States will take office in January along with his running mate the Christian extremist who is the outgoing Indiana governor. They promised that they will make America Great Again.
On his journey he may takedown many allies in his quest.
Canada our most reliable ally in the world is hoping that the incoming leader will not ruin a century's worth of trade and friendship.
If you didn't know this lovely fact, let me inform you about it. The U.S.-Canadian border is one of the longest boundary in the world. It's an invisible line that cuts through two countries and the U.S. Border Patrol and Canadian Border Service Agency monitor it 24/7, everyday. The International Boundary Commission is the agency that deals with maintaining the border. The IBC must cut through forests and mountains to maintain a clear path dividing the countries.
It spreads from Alaska in the extreme northwest with the Yukon and British Columbia. Then it starts from Washington state to Maine. It passes through the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
It pass through the U.S. States of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan (water), Ohio (water), Pennsylvania (water), New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
It passes through forests, mountains, valleys, and water. However the border is complex. Some of the United States extends into Canadian mainland and vise versa. It's noted that some of the border does pass through buildings such as homes, businesses, and a library.
In the tiny town of Derby Line, Vermont, there is a handful residents who are literally neighbors to the people of the city of Stanstead, Quebec. The town was cut in half and the residents must apply for passports to see their neighbors. So if you live in Derby Line to get a fresh pizza from Stanstead, you better have a passport. If you from Stanstead and want to travel to the nearest Walmart 30 miles down the Interstate 91, better get a passport.
It's even rough for the residents of the tiny village of Estcourt Station, Maine. The town sits at the northernmost point of the United States. You have to drive through Canada to enter the tiny hamlet.
Only five people live there and they have the worst luck of border residents. Their homes are directly on the border. Those who live in the United States must travel through Canada to get back to the town of Fort Kent, Maine. Those who want to get gas from the Gulf station in Estcourt Station and live in the city of Pohenegamook, Quebec have to drive nearly a mile to border patrol before going to the gas station to fill up. That's if they're open. If the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol station isn't open, you're out of luck. Because if you have a home in the Canada but have to get through your driveway in United States, you're pretty much trapped in your home.
If you live in New York, you have the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. It is a Native American claim that cuts into both countries. Many residents can freely travel through the countries without being stopped. Although both government monitor the area, the area is independent governance.
If you live at the Northwest Angle in Minnesota, you have to travel through Manitoba to get to the area. You must contact the border patrol once you enter the Angle. If you fail to do so, within 30 minutes the border agents and the U.S. Coast Guard will appear and round you up.
If you live in Point Roberts, Washington, you have a rough way to the mainland. The city is part of the United States and it sits on the peninsula of British Columbia. You have only an elementary school in Point Roberts. Many residents who have children who are passed 5th grade have to go to either Canadian schools for education or take the hour ride from Surrey, British Columbia to Blaine, Washington for middle and high school education.
With the Republican Party fixated on building walls and having countries pay for it, I wonder if the Republicans are willing to pay the residents of the United State sand Canada to clear the way for that wall to the north.
The soon-to-be dictator wants to end trade agreements with countries that don't help America first.
But in the same breathe he wants the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline to carry forth. Those pipelines will cut through the United States from Canada.
The issues with legalization of marijuana is also divisive. Canada is going to legalize the weed nationwide. In the United States, a handful of states are legalizing the weed. The rest considers it a felony if you possess the weed.
Nonetheless, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with the guy in the coming month as a jester of goodwill. The two will have some tension on issues. His stance on refugees, the poor and the American-Canadian trade agreements are issues that the dictator may have to focus on.
Border security is truly a Republican issue. They want to ban Muslims from coming into the country.
They want to ship immigrants back to their nations (including Canada).
Did you know it's easier to get into Canada than it is the United States. The U.S. takes everything seriously and assured that you'll be banned from entry if you commit a felony in the country of your origin. Matter of fact, if you're an American cause an criminal incident in Canada, you could be banned from entry in the United States. You might have to face Canadian courts or detainment for an indefinite period.