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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Turks and Caicos Islands

The U.S. is thinking of building a fence along the Mexico border and travel restrictions are being implimented for the U.S. - Canada border so I have a solution for getting into the States. WE DON'T!
Anyone that wants to go south for the winter can take advantage of a idea that has been floating around and is making more sense all the time.
We just annex the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Carribean.
A great many of the tourists who visit the islands are Canadian. Owing to this, the islands' status as a British colony, and historic trade links, some politicians in Canada and the Turks and Caicos have suggested some form of union between Canada (a Commonwealth realm, so they already share the British Monarch as Head of state) and the British territory.

In 1973, Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Max Saltsman introduced the first failed attempt at consolidating the islands.

The idea was brought up again in 1986 by Progressive Conservative MP Dan McKenzie, but it was rejected by his party's caucus committee on external affairs in 1987. The committee, chaired by MP David Daubney, looked at immigration, banking, health care and tourism issues in making its decision.

In 2004, Conservative MP Peter Goldring visited the Turks and Caicos to explore the possibility once more.

For the islands to join Canada as a full province would require amending the Canadian constitution, which seems unlikely but may provoke provinces to reopen debate on other aspects of Canada's constitution.

Joining as a territory would be easier, as territories can be created by an act of federal law. In addition, its population of less than 20,000 people is considered insufficient for provincial status.

However, this attitude might change should the territories of Yukon or Nunavut - with about 30,000 people each,ever become provinces.

In 2004, the province of Nova Scotia voted to invite Turks and Caicos to join the province, should the islands ever become part of Canada. This would bypass the problems with admitting Turks and Caicos as a separate province.

All the problems this would solve. No currency exchange, cheap flights,(maybe subsidized?) beautiful climate, no border hassles, no Georgia State Troopers with their nasty little radar guns, offshore banking?

I think it's time to re-visit this idea.

Your practical scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Anonymous rob said...

I think you will see more of the same type of thinking when it comes to offshore banking, offshore corporations, offshore foundations, offshore stock brokerage accounts etc......

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:49:00 a.m.  

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