Any Canadian folkies out there remember this one (from the late 60s it sounds like--and I doubt it was ever sung in the USA)?
"Oh, we share a common border with a country that you know,
Just look it up in your atlas, it's the one that's down below.
There are 50 states in the Union, but something should be done
To forget the War of 1812 and make it 51.
There'll be colour television, social security, racial segregation, and the Birch Society.
You can take the 5th Amendment, you can join the Klan today,
You can even burn your draft card,
When we're Canada-U.S.A.
There'll be no more selling prairie wheat to all the Commie crew,
And no more Cuban sugar, cuz that is naughty, too..."
I wish I could remember the rest. I heard it in a coffee house about 30 years ago, but have never been able to find out anything about it, nor have I heard it since.
Truly, jm, I wasn't trying to suggest that there aren't problems up here, and what I consider advantages, many Canadians think will cause the country to go to hell in a handbasket. But you asked what things might coax someone north.
I hadn't heard the additional 7 states news, and in trying to think of what those 7 would look like, I'm assuming that New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador would be amalgamated. Marye and any other Canadian readers will chuckle to think how well the amalgamation will go over in those 4 provinces.
But getting rid of the loonie and moving to the greenback gets serious attention here, and I was taught about the "Manifest Destiny" and "54'40" or Bust!" when I was in junior high. I'm also aware that arctic sovereignty issues can get quite heated in the diplomatic corridors.
But I'd like to leave all that to the diplomats.