everyday working man
The fact that you are comparing a Canadian city (a small Canadian city mind you) to your entire country is more reason why I believe what I believe. There is no Canadian city of 300,000 I can think of that believes that it makes more sense to become their own separate nation. They seem to realize that being part of a larger nation makes more sense as they benefit from the larger nation's mixed economy. The vast majority of English speaking Caribbean islands don't even have close to 300,000 people yet they want to remain separate but they are willing to put all their eggs in the tourism basket. There is a difference in the mentality of a small Canadian city versus a Caribbean nation.'Mixed' economy, eh? Can you name me a Canadian city of 300,000 with a more diversified economy than the Bahamas?
Like Singapore, and other small countries with sense, we do not need 'tons of resources'. We only need to focus on our areas of comparative advantage (tourism, international services etc.) in order to thrive.
You honestly have a dodgy understanding of economics if you think the Bahamas or Barbados will be well served to join up with Jamaica and others just to be a bigger political unit.
You bring up Singapore. Singapore has 5 million people living in it. Singapore has a mixed economy. Singapore exports more than in imports. Bahamas has 300,000 people. Bahamas is mostly dependent on tourism. Bahamas imports more than it exports. So, if ever a day comes (and hopefully it doesn't) that Americans find another playground other than the Bahamas, then Bahamas is in trouble. These other tourism dependent smaller islands are in trouble right now because tourists have found other playgrounds but they refuse to see the light.
To your third point, I think the Bahamas and other tourism dependent islands are so far into their cycle of dependence, they (and you) will never see why unity with other islands makes sense. The islands are too busy competing with each other for tourist attention. That's the difference here in Canada. Every province has its' role and they work with each other for the most part. If the P.E.I. is suffering and Alberta is flourishing, revenue generated from Alberta will be used to help the P.E.I. In the Caribbean, when another Caribbean island suffers and another island is flourishing, the flourishing island does little to help the suffering island and then, has the nerve to b!tch and complain when people from the suffering island immigrate to the flourishing island. So, when I think about it, how can I expect you to understand political unity and economic unity with your competition ? I can't.