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5 mindboggling arguments this Conservative MP is giving to annex Turks and Caicos

Edmonton Conservative MP Peter Goldring’s fixation on making Turks and Caicos Canada’s 11th province is back in the news.  To sum up: Goldring has been leading a one-man crusade to annex the tropical islands and their valuable stockpile of sunny beaches for much of the last decade. Here are 5 of the mindboggling arguments Goldring […]

Edmonton Conservative MP Peter Goldring’s fixation on making Turks and Caicos Canada’s 11th province is back in the news

To sum up: Goldring has been leading a one-man crusade to annex the tropical islands and their valuable stockpile of sunny beaches for much of the last decade.

Here are 5 of the mindboggling arguments Goldring has been floating to make the case why Canada should annex Turks and Caicos:

Tropical territories as a Canadian status symbol:

“Canada really needs a Hawaii. The United States has a Hawaii. Why can’t Canada have a Hawaii?” May 26, 2014

A “marriage” with Turks and Caicos would be good for the economy:

“I think it would be good for business if we were to develop a good strong relationship and maybe even a marriage … But this is more about economic interest.” May 26, 2014

It’ll be *just* like Prince Edward Island, except it’s *not* the cradle of confederation, it’s 2,500 km away and in the Caribbean

“We have precedent; PEI has a relatively modest population. While the Turks population is between 25,000 and 35,000 people, with development and commercialization of the islands, very quickly I could see a population of 100,000 people.” July 1, 2013

Canadians hanging out on Turks and Caicos beaches will renew Confederation and strengthen national unity:

“From a Canadian unity point of view [and Canadian unity is why I got into politics], Canadians holiday north and south, they don’t holiday east and west. So we don’t get a chance to meet and greet each other on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a common destination in the south? The Turks would love all the extra business they could get in tourism.” July 1, 2013

It will establish a beachhead for a Canadian empire in the Caribbean:

“The Turks and Caicos Islands, standing at the doorway to the entire Caribbean and South American marketplace, is beckoning a formalized relationship with Canada. Full provincial status for the Turks and Caicos Islands would give Canada a greater expanded economic, political and trade influence in the Caribbean.

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands, as Canada’s 11th province, would also benefit greatly from the heightened Caribbean political influence as a major trader and transshipment port of Canadian goods and services.

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands, Canada’s confederation partner of the new millennium, would become a Canadian model of regional stability and prosperity. Those who share the boldness and vision of our fathers of Confederation think that the time for action is now.” March 12, 2004

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