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Friday, July 18, 2003

Is there something in the water supply in Ottawa?

First we decriminalize ganjah and now we want to annex a Carribbean island

what do we think of this idea?
The links on the cbc site also point to a reasonably slick looking website for a newly formed citizen's group called CFATP - Canadians For A Tropical Province....I'm not really sold one way or the other and I think the outcome of bringing Turks and Caicos into Confederation is probably impossible to predict with complete accuracy as I think the long-term socio-cultural implications are profound and will affect the "Canadian Identity"(tm)
At first glance it seems to appear to probably maybe perhaps be a good idea even if it does sound like something out of a Richard Rohmer novel.

Canada's Caribbean ambition
Justin Thompson, CBC News Online | July 15, 2003

Quebec City too cold in February? Fredericton frosty in December? Nunavut November not for you? Fear not, there may be help: at least one member of Parliament and a handful of interest groups are asking the Canadian government to annex a little slice of sun-splashed heaven: the Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean gem with an average wintertime temperature hovering between 28 and 29 C.

Canadian Alliance MP Peter Goldring (Edmonton Centre-East) thinks it's a wonderful idea. He's drafted a motion to ask the government to look into the issue, and plans to introduce it in the fall. "I think around 100 per cent of people (in Canada, and Turks and Caicos) like the idea," he told CBC News Online in July 2003.

Currently a British overseas territory, the Turks and Caicos (actually a grouping of 40 islands located 250 kilometres east of Cuba) have a history of being on the wish lists of Canadian politicians.

Agreeable weather: 350 days per year of sunshine; average temperature: June-October 29-32 C
November-May 27-29 C
No passports required for Canadian citizens
Same time zone as many Canadians (Eastern Standard)
Air Canada offers direct flights
English is the official language
Could be first island home to an NHL team
Currency is the U.S. dollar
Would make plum hideout for wayward senators

Controlled drugs and pornography not allowed through customs
Public nudity is illegal

In 1974, NDP MP Max Saltsman tried to use a private member's bill to persuade the government to consider annexing the islands. He reasoned that there should be a warm-weather destination for Canadians to spend money on Canadian soil.

Unfortunately for sun-loving Snowbirds, the proposal was rejected.

In 1988, members of the Turks and Caicos government resolved to approach the Canadian government about establishing a special relationship. But alas, the idea of annexing a warm-weather island took back seat to the debate over free trade with the United States (something some Canadians consider annexation of a different variety).

Peter Goldring hopes this time around it will be different. "I have been talking with a number of members of the (Turks and Caicos) government," he told CBC News Online. "And I have indications from a couple of them that this is an issue they want to pursue."

Goldring says annexation could be mutually beneficial: Canada can provide good health care, economic ties, defence, and a steady flow of winter-weary Snowbirds; Turks and Caicos would give Canada a warm, friendly 11th province - a southern destination where the Loonie could land without breaking a wing.

Plus, says Goldring, tongue planted firmly in cheek, "Paul Martin would have a place to park his fleet."

Capital: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

Currency: U.S. dollar

Area total: 430 sq km (consists of about 40 islands, eight of which are inhabited)

Natural resources: spiny lobster and conch

GDP: $128 million (199 estimate)

Population: 18,738

Sources: CIA World Factbook, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board

Cousin drummo B. Wood can be found at drwoo@pipcom.com , he has been invited to join in here but hasn't responded really. I know he doesn't check his mail for long periods sometimes so don't expect an immediate response.

Monday, July 14, 2003

does anyone here know a current e-mail address for Brent? Does he still even have a computer?