Jump to content

Canada Annexing Caribbean Paradise?


Ez Street

Recommended Posts

Canada could ditch winter blues by annexing Caribbean paradise

Fri Mar 26, 2:15 AM ET

MONTREAL (AFP) - Ask anyone their image of Canada -- and it's a fair bet that a tropical nirvana shaded by palm trees, with an emerald sea lapping miles of golden sands would be the last thing to come to mind.

That could soon change, if an ambitious project makes the sun-kissed Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos the eleventh -- and warmest -- province of ice-bound Canada.

Peter Goldring, a Conservative member of parliament from the frigid plains of Alberta, has launched a bid to annex the small tropical archipelago between Haiti and the Bahamas -- which is now a British Crown colony.

His drive is gathering pace, backed up by a petition, a motion in Canada's House of Commons, a proposed parliamentary committee of friendship, an effort to lobby businessmen and a website evoking the joys of "a place in the sun." (www.aplaceinthesun.ca).

Goldring is not the first Canadian politician to launch such a Caribbean crusade.

In 1917, Canadian prime minister Robert Borden had the same idea.

However, it was affordable jet travel in the 1970s and 1980s that carried heat-seeking Canadians to the Caribbean and the annexation idea really take off.

The Turks and Caicos government requested a link-up with Canada in 1987, but a Canadian Foreign Ministry study turned down the idea.

Today, Goldring told AFP, things are different.

In January he met the archipelago's Chief Minister Michael Misick who, he said, was "very interested in discussing with Canada."

Massimo Pacetti, a Liberal member of parliament for Quebec, has joined Goldring's crusade, and said in an interview with CBC Thursday that he had even kicked the idea around with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

"He told me, 'I am not for it, I am not against it. Give me the facts'."

Goldring says there is a huge upside to his scheme, for both the islands and Canada.

"Canada is a trade country and it came to my mind that there was a market, the islands are a small market but they are the doorway to the Caribbean.

"From there, we could have shipping to Cuba, the Bahamas, even touching the north of South America ... this represents two billion a year in exports for Canada."

And for the islanders, life could be good as Canadians, he said.

"When I was there, I went to a grocery store and I saw rib steak at 16 US dollars a pound ... we have a beef business in difficulty, and our beef is at 14 Canadian a kilo! (10.5 US)," he said.

If the islands did join up with Canada there would be plenty of work to do.

Bridges need to be constructed over shallow straits between islands, as do retirement properties for Canadians desperate to escape their chilly homeland.

Authorities must also build tourist facilities for the nearly half-million Canadian "snow birds" who head south to the Caribbean each year, to escape the winter blues.

Businessmen are also pushing the idea, hoping to make a fast buck as the tourism trade heats up.

But there is still a long way to go.

First Britain needs to give the green light, for one of its final colonies to go its own way.

"It's a little bit like in 1949, when Newfoundland joined Canada," said Goldring.

There will also need to be a referendum in the islands and then negotiations to decide how exactly the tie-up would work.

Goldring wants the islands to elect to become a province of Canada, to avoid any whiff of colonialism.

Then there is the question of racism. How will Canadians feel seeing their tax dollars pumped into the country's new possession?

But Pacetti insisted: "we have 300,000 immigrants a year. It's something we can handle."

Turks & Caicos Island:

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-1915...and_vacations-i

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Actually, my dad's best friend was one of the first Canadians to go to the T&C to set up shop...his biggest lure there was no taxes and cheap cheap beachfront properties...

He went, bought up all that he could, then sat on it for years. Before he died, he amassed quite af fortune, since he was able to sell much of his holdings to resort companies like Beaches, etc.

I always wondered why dad didn't go along too...maybe he didn't wanna give up our Jets season tickets...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Canada could ditch winter blues by annexing Caribbean paradiseĀ 

Fri Mar 26, 2:15 AM ETĀ 

MONTREAL (AFP) - Ask anyone their image of Canada -- and it's a fair bet that a tropical nirvana shaded by palm trees, with an emerald sea lapping miles of golden sands would be the last thing to come to mind.

That could soon change, if an ambitious project makes the sun-kissed Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos the eleventh -- and warmest -- province of ice-bound Canada.

Peter Goldring, a Conservative member of parliament from the frigid plains of Alberta, has launched a bid to annex the small tropical archipelago between Haiti and the Bahamas -- which is now a British Crown colony.

His drive is gathering pace, backed up by a petition, a motion in Canada's House of Commons, a proposed parliamentary committee of friendship, an effort to lobby businessmen and a website evoking the joys of "a place in the sun." (www.aplaceinthesun.ca).

Goldring is not the first Canadian politician to launch such a Caribbean crusade.

In 1917, Canadian prime minister Robert Borden had the same idea.

However, it was affordable jet travel in the 1970s and 1980s that carried heat-seeking Canadians to the Caribbean and the annexation idea really take off.

The Turks and Caicos government requested a link-up with Canada in 1987, but a Canadian Foreign Ministry study turned down the idea.

Today, Goldring told AFP, things are different.

In January he met the archipelago's Chief Minister Michael Misick who, he said, was "very interested in discussing with Canada."

Massimo Pacetti, a Liberal member of parliament for Quebec, has joined Goldring's crusade, and said in an interview with CBC Thursday that he had even kicked the idea around with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

"He told me, 'I am not for it, I am not against it. Give me the facts'."

Goldring says there is a huge upside to his scheme, for both the islands and Canada.

"Canada is a trade country and it came to my mind that there was a market, the islands are a small market but they are the doorway to the Caribbean.

"From there, we could have shipping to Cuba, the Bahamas, even touching the north of South America ... this represents two billion a year in exports for Canada."

And for the islanders, life could be good as Canadians, he said.

"When I was there, I went to a grocery store and I saw rib steak at 16 US dollars a pound ... we have a beef business in difficulty, and our beef is at 14 Canadian a kilo! (10.5 US)," he said.

If the islands did join up with Canada there would be plenty of work to do.

Bridges need to be constructed over shallow straits between islands, as do retirement properties for Canadians desperate to escape their chilly homeland.

Authorities must also build tourist facilities for the nearly half-million Canadian "snow birds" who head south to the Caribbean each year, to escape the winter blues.

Businessmen are also pushing the idea, hoping to make a fast buck as the tourism trade heats up.

But there is still a long way to go.

First Britain needs to give the green light, for one of its final colonies to go its own way.

"It's a little bit like in 1949, when Newfoundland joined Canada," said Goldring.

There will also need to be a referendum in the islands and then negotiations to decide how exactly the tie-up would work.

Goldring wants the islands to elect to become a province of Canada, to avoid any whiff of colonialism.

Then there is the question of racism. How will Canadians feel seeing their tax dollars pumped into the country's new possession?

But Pacetti insisted: "we have 300,000 immigrants a year. It's something we can handle."

Turks & Caicos Island:

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-1915...and_vacations-i

:flagcanada:

and so world conquest begins.

http://cwd.ptbcanadian.com/index2.html

any chance u yanks will sell alaska? :D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Canadian imperialism must be stopped now! Must the day come when American troops are patrolling the streets of Ottawa and assisting the liberated citizens in toppling the statues of Jean Chretien? I urge the good, peace loving citizens of Canada to press for democratic reforms and manifest your own regime change before the United States must take urgent action.

You have 12 minutes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Canadian imperialism must be stopped now! Must the day come when American troops are patrolling the streets of Ottawa and assisting the liberated citizens in toppling the statues of Jean Chretien? I urge the good, peace loving citizens of Canada to press for democratic reforms and manifest your own regime change before the United States must take urgent action.

You have 12 minutes.

Don't worry... Jean is gone... now we have Paul Martin, aka the next Genghis Khan (apparently). :flagcanada:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The gov't of my city has requested to take in these islands as a part of the city, the mayor said the idea was laughable but the council outvoted him.

So that'll be interesting.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.