When the 49th Parallel was defined as the border between the United States and Canada, a little bit of southern British Columbia became part of the U.S. Pt. Roberts is part of the state of Washington, but it is connected to B.C. As I understand it, school children have to commute two hours to Blaine (IIRC) each school day, and pass two border crossings twice each day. I’ve heard that there are no pizza restaurants in Pt. Roberts, and that Canadian restaurants can’t deliver across the border. It sounds like a pain.
Why not just give Pt. Roberts to Canada. If I were King if the U.S. I’d say, “Hey, Canada. We’re neighbours and we like each other. Sure, we have our differences; but we still manage to get along. Look: It seems silly that we should keep this little point of land. Take it, with our blessings. It’s a gift.”
What about the people living there, who may not want to be Canadians? How about this? As part of the deal any U.S. citizen who is a resident of Pt. Roberts would be offered a choice of accepting Canadian citizenship, or be automatically given resident-alien status. They would be able to work in Canada and their children could attend Canadian schools. They would be entitled to all of the benefits of Canadian residence/citizenship.
It seems equitable to me. The current residents of Pt. Roberts would get to stay where they are, they would no longer have to face border crossings for the simplets of errands, and Canada would get that little bit of B.C. The U.S. would get brownie points for doing something nice for it’s neighbour.