As early as January of 2005, high-ranking officials were discussing the best way to sell the idea of North American "integration" to the public and policymakers while getting around national constitutions. The prospect of creating a monetary union to replace national currencies was a hot topic as well.
Some details of the schemes were exposed in a secret 2005 U.S. embassy cable from Ottawa signed by then-Ambassador Paul Cellucci. The document was released by WikiLeaks on April 28. But so far, it has barely attracted any attention in the United States, Canada, or Mexico beyond a few mentions in some liberty-minded Internet forums.
Numerous topics are discussed in the leaked document – borders, currency, labor, regulation, and more. How to push the integration agenda features particularly prominently.
Under the subject line "Placing a new North American Initiative in its economic policy context," American diplomatic personnel in Canada said they believed an "incremental" path toward North American integration would probably gain the most support from policymakers. Apparently Canadian economists agreed.
The cable also touts the supposed benefits of merging the three countries and even mentioned what elements to "stress" in future "efforts to promote further integration." It lists what it claims is a summary of the "consensus" among Canadian economists about the issues, too.
Merging the United States, Canada, and Mexico