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Will Turks and Caicos become the 11th Canadian province?
The NDP is considering making this Canadian dream a reality.
The party recently released a resolution suggesting that a federal NDP government should work toward adopting the islands of Turks and Caicos as Canada's 11th province.
Resolution 1-92-16, released shortly before the party's national convention in Edmonton, says Canada should develop the archipelago into "an affordable tourism industry for all Canadians."
The resolution is backed by several Ontario riding riding associations, and it asks that party members connect with lawmakers and locals from Turks and Caicos Islands, along with the British Government, to have the Islands become a part of Canada.
A British Overseas Territory, Turks and Caicos lies southeast of the Bahamas and is made up of 40 coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
This isn't the first time Canada has tried to incorporate these tropical islands within our borders. NDP MP Max Saltzman proposed the same idea in 1974 as part of a private member's bill to annex Turks and Caicos Islands.
Even before that, in 1917 then-Prime Minister Robert Borden asked the U.K. to leave the paradise islands to Canada. And, more recently, former Conservative MP Peter Goldring proposed the idea in 2013.
When Goldring resurfaced the idea of incorporating Turks and Caicos under the Canadian flag in 2014, the islands' Premier Rufus Ewing supported the idea. But former foreign affairs minister John Baird turned down the idea of a tropical Canadian province.
“One of the reasons the idea continues to be popular is because there is this thing called winter in Canada,” Robin Sears, former NDP strategist and principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group told Global News. “But it ain’t going to happen.”
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