McAdam — At the town council’s last meeting, councillors voted unanimously to secede from Canada and join the United States.
McAdam Mayor Frank Carroll says the move has been a long time coming.
“Everybody in town has always done their shopping across the border,” said Carroll. “With the Canadian dollar in the toilet, our cost of living has skyrocketed. We can’t afford that cheap milk and cheese anymore, and those $1.99 roaster chickens now cost us 3 bucks. Who can afford that?
“Now, we’ve got to drive an hour through Moose Alley to Fredericton to shop at the Superstore. Who’s got time for that?”
Caroll admits that for a brief time when the American and Canadian currencies were close to par, residents were content with their status as Canadian citizens. However, he says that for decades now, there’s been an undercurrent of discontent over the village’s status as a Canadian municipality.
Roger Lutes, a political science professor at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, says the village might want out, but they’ll have trouble convincing the Canadian government to let them go.
“The town council can posture all they want,” Lutes said, “but I can’t see the federal government redrawing the border to accommodate them. Where is this town, again?”