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‘Canada needs a Hawaii’: Conservative MP pushing for Turks and Caicos to become 11th province as island’s premier visits Ottawa turkstop.jpg?w=620

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 met with 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.

Ewing didn’t exactly say the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands located east of Cuba, was gunning to join Canada.

But “I’m not closing the door completely,” he told reporters after the meeting on Parliament Hill.

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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 would be Canada’s 11th province.Goldring has been the head cheerleader over the last decade in calling for Turks and Caicos to join Canada, and he notes Ottawa is actually closer to the islands (in kilometres) than his Edmonton riding.

“Canada really needs a Hawaii. The United States has a Hawaii. Why can’t Canada have a Hawaii?” Goldring said Sunday in a telephone interview from Ukraine, where’s he’s helping election observers.

However, he acknowledges the latest mission to Canada would see Turks and Caicos officials focus on strengthening tourism, social ties and trade relations. The annexation debate is likely on the sidelines, at least for now, he said.

“They have come to Canada three times to ask to join and have been turned down. There is a sense they don’t want to come again and be turned down again,” Goldring said.

Ewing indicated his priority was not having the Turks and Caicos join Canada.

“It is my mandate to see Turks and Caicos have sustainable economic growth and development, and development of our people, with a free will and a strong democracy,” he said.

“And we look to Canada, who has shown by example of being a very strong democracy and manages fiscal responsibility. So I’m looking for that kind of support from Canada.”

The dream of somehow directly linking Canada with Turks and Caicos dates back almost a century, when then-prime minister Robert Borden first suggested in 1917 that Canada annex the islands.

But Canadians can certainly still dream of having a tropical getaway to call their own, especially after what was a particularly brutal winter.

The islands (only eight of which are inhabited) have more than 300 kilometres of beachfront, are home to approximately 30,000 full-time residents and attract more than 200,000 tourists annually.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/05/26/canada-needs-a-hawaii-conservative-mp-pushing-for-turks-and-caicos-to-become-11th-province-as-islands-premier-visits-ottawa/

Canada annexing countries? Who are we Russia.

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Want to really cause a stir? Offer Cuba a chance to join Canada. Hey they already have socialized medicine. We can then demand the US leave Canadian soil and close Guantanamo Bay, and set up our Frigates there.

(Then 20 minutes later the US will invade Canada and Cuba they'd be so ticked).

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Want to really cause a stir? Offer Cuba a chance to join Canada. Hey they already have socialized medicine. We can then demand the US leave Canadian soil and close Guantanamo Bay, and set up our Frigates there.

(Then 20 minutes later the US will invade Canada and Cuba they'd be so ticked).

I'd prefer Costa Rica, myself. It's only 4.8 million people and we could absorb that easily over a decade.

We have a lot in common.

I think we could benefit each other well

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Having a part of Canada were you can actually wear shorts year round sounds pretty awesome but that Conservative MP's quotes made me lol. I also like the irony of him being in the Ukarine to oversee fair elections while talking about anexing an area because the US has Hawaii and we want a tropical island too.

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I'd prefer Costa Rica, myself. It's only 4.8 million people and we could absorb that easily over a decade.

We have a lot in common.

I think we could benefit each other well

That would work too. We can toll the Pan American Highway to get more revenue. ;)

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Having a part of Canada were you can actually wear shorts year round sounds pretty awesome but that Conservative MP's quotes made me lol. I also like the irony of him being in the Ukarine to oversee fair elections while talking about anexing an area because the US has Hawaii and we want a tropical island too.

Their PM has asked to join us several times.

The situations are not even remotely comparable.

So no, not ironic.

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Their PM has asked to join us several times.

The situations are not even remotely comparable.

So no, not ironic.

Fiar enough expect that their Premier, Ewing indicated his priority was not having the Turks and Caicos join Canada. Also the Turks and Caicos don't have a PM and even if they did since they are a British Colony it's not their call on its own, the UK gets a say in it to.

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Canada annexing countries? Who are we Russia.

Even creating closer ties is a long shot, says Baird: the Harper government is not exploring stronger trade and investment, let alone annexing the British colonial territory.

“We’re not in the business of annexing islands in the Caribbean to be part of Canada, so that’s not something that we’re exploring,” said Baird.

“We’re not looking at any sort of formal association with the islands.”

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