At least that seems to be what we are doing in this country. While Europe may have bigger and smaller players, there are enough countries to counterbalance the big guys (France, Germany). In North America no reasonable person could deny that the US would absolutely dominate the political discourse. Would we have the power to stay out of another Iraq war? Probably not.
At the same this is off the radar here. We are more concerned about whether the leader of a political party with no members in parliament may have incorrectly invoked World War II. We are more concerned about whether Harper’s stylist can see the future. Right now integration is our national blindspot.