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‘Canada needs a Hawaii’: Conservative MP pushing for Turks and Caicos to become 11th province...
National Post ^ | May 26, 2014 | Jason Fekete

Posted on 05/26/2014 10:40:57 AM PDT by rickmichaels

The premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is in Ottawa on Monday promoting economic ties, but it’s the hope of some politicians to annex the island as Canada’s 11th province that has many dreaming of a truly Canadian tropical beach getaway.

Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing will meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other parliamentarians Monday in Ottawa to promote tourism and trade connections with Canada, before heading to Toronto to officially open a new tourism office.

There have been at least three attempts over many decades to have the sun-splashed British overseas territory officially join Canada. However, those attempts have been repeatedly rebuffed either by Canadian or British officials.

But if Conservative MP Peter Goldring gets his way, the archipelago of 40 Caribbean islands located east of Cuba would be Canada’s 11th province.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


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1 posted on 05/26/2014 10:40:57 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

My my. Some of the most expensive real estate in the Caribbean, for free.

If it’s up for grabs, wouldn’t the big country nearby be a better choice?

After all, it ain’t CF-18s that keep the Cuban MiGs away.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Canada,s Budget is in much better order.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 10:46:36 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels

Take Haiti. It gives them another French speaking province and good old Canadian bureaucracy would benefit Haitians greatly.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 10:49:35 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: rickmichaels
Isn't very big...
5 posted on 05/26/2014 10:49:42 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Regulator

If it’s up for grabs, wouldn’t the big country nearby be a better choice?

They would never want the Slum formally know as the United States


6 posted on 05/26/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Regulator

wouldn’t the big country nearby be a better choice?

Ahh... That would be Cuba


7 posted on 05/26/2014 11:09:35 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: rickmichaels

No Canada... you don’t need a Hawaii. Just look at ours - we’d be better off without it.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 11:09:44 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: HangnJudge

Fort Lauderdale, during winter might as well be a part of Quebec.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 11:12:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: clee1

I’ll say. We need to divest ourselves of the Communist enclaves. Hawaii, Vermont, Massachusetts, coastal counties of California...


10 posted on 05/26/2014 11:13:17 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: rickmichaels

Canada can have Florida. Half of them already live there half of the year.


11 posted on 05/26/2014 11:13:21 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: rickmichaels
It would be great to have somewhere warm to go, without having to leave the country.

There were some very practical reasons that the T&C Islands weren't annexed decades ago -- these are the flip side of reasons that the Islanders want to join our Confederation.

- Canada has a "free" comprehensive health care system. The Islanders would benefit from that; but they would have to be heavily subsidized. OTOH, there are already many times more Canadians, that don't pay for their healthcare.

- Canada has a generous federal "employment insurance" program. There's a real fear of tens of thousands of Canadians spending winters in the T&C", on pogey. This issue could be solved, with some simple rule changes.

- Canada has a system of equalization payments, whereby billions are taken from "have" provinces to give to "have not" provinces. The purpose is to enable even the poorest province to offer government services equal to those offered by the richest provinces. The T&C Islands would be a huge beneficiary of these transfer payments.

BTW, despite what a lot of commentators on the NP site seem to think, it would not be necessary to make the T&C Islands a separate province. Canada already has three "Territories" covering the far north. Each has about the same population of the T&C; and about 1,000 times greater area. The T&C could be made an offshore Territory, or they could even be deemed to be a county of some existing province. The constitutional issues regarding admitting a new province are a red herring, in this case.

12 posted on 05/26/2014 11:22:45 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: HangnJudge

Cuba isn’t a country.

It’s a giant slave camp, overseen by the world’s last big plantation owner.


13 posted on 05/26/2014 11:23:47 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: rickmichaels

For some reason I can’ picture the Caicos Islands as a winter surfing destination........


14 posted on 05/26/2014 11:26:35 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: clee1

Only 49K population according to CIA factbook.

Northwest Territories at 41K, Yukon at almost 34K, Nunavut at almost 32K have been waiting a lot longer for provincial status...

Prince Edward Island at 140K is the smallest province.

Now how does a British territory go about switching allegiance to Canada? I would think the British government would have to agree to the deal.


15 posted on 05/26/2014 11:29:03 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack
Now how does a British territory go about switching allegiance to Canada? I would think the British government would have to agree to the deal.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to say "Take off, eh" to another...

16 posted on 05/26/2014 11:35:22 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: scrabblehack
I would think the British government would have to agree to the deal.

Uh, yeah. "Surprise, we're your new province. When do we start getting the checks?" Could be a little problem there...

17 posted on 05/26/2014 11:36:13 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: rickmichaels; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

18 posted on 05/26/2014 12:14:39 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: scrabblehack
Now how does a British territory go about switching allegiance to Canada? I would think the British government would have to agree to the deal.

That's how we got Newfoundland.

19 posted on 05/26/2014 12:18:00 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Equalization payments need to end. It’s not helping anyone by being dependent on the government for handouts.

That said, if these islands can show an economic plan that would keep them off the public dole, then perhaps we can work something out.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 12:47:54 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: rickmichaels

Grand Turk...

Great beach, water...

Jimmy Buffets, etc

:)


21 posted on 05/26/2014 1:01:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: rickmichaels

Turks: You can’t be a part of Canada
Do you know bow to play hockey?


22 posted on 05/26/2014 1:49:11 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: rickmichaels

If it had a navy, Canada could support sovereignty in the Turks and Caicos. So far Canada can only exercise sovereignty over land that no one else wants.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 1:58:29 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: dfwgator

Ditto for Hollywood just to the south of Fort Lauderdale. The day I went there one January the place was 99 percent French Canadians.


24 posted on 05/26/2014 2:00:55 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: rickmichaels

They would have to convert from the Dollar to the Looney. Not sure GB would give the islands up.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 5:25:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: dfwgator

And Clearwater, FL becomes a part of Ontario, when the Canadians come south for Blue Jays Spring Training.


26 posted on 05/26/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: rickmichaels

Quick, lets sell them our hawaii before they change their minds!


27 posted on 05/27/2014 5:18:42 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Bulwyf

Yes, we could work something out. The real reason that this hasn’t happened yet is that many Canadians (you know the type) thought it would be tantamount to imperialism — it would look like the start of a Canadian empire.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 10:50:30 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: HangnJudge

I see there’s one island there that will need a name change - to Canuck Town.


29 posted on 05/27/2014 3:27:25 PM PDT by oldweesie
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Obama’s TSA has introduced new rules and regs which negatively impact Canada’s snowbird community. We need a no strings friendly warm destination that allows complete access to our bennies. An influx of frostbacks with pockets full of cash will greatly improve the local economics and allow canucks to spend their cash at “home” a win-win.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 6:24:50 PM PDT by albertabound
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