It sounds ridiculous indeed... But this is actually being debated on by the government at the moment. It's a long-shot, but still a possibility nonetheless.
The idea to acquire Turks and Caicos as Canada's 11th province was proposed by a member of the NDP government almost 40 years ago, and it appears that the subject will be rediscussed at the party's national convention in Edmonton this weekend.
The resolution officially reads as follows:
"New Democrats Believe in: Engaging with the peoples and government of Turks and Caicos Islands, and the British government to have the Turks and Caicos Islands become Canada’s 11th Province."
Nunavut was Canada's most recent territory to enter the Confederation in 1999. But Nunavut, while beautiful and completely worthy of a visit, just isn't made of the same type of vacation material as the Turks and Caicos. It's just easier to market a tropical place as a tourist destination than an Arctic one.
Conservative MP Peter Goldring stated: "Canada really needs a Hawaii. The United States has a Hawaii. Why can't Canada have a Hawaii?" The NDP believes that the Turks and Caicos Islands has potential to develop an "affordable tourism industry for all Canadians."
Robin Sears, a former NDP strategist, also commented: "One of the reasons the idea continues to be popular is because there is this thing called winter in Canada." Touché.
But let's be real - this probably won't happen... Right?? Initially, I didn't even know where Turks and Caicos was on a map ? (and after I checked, I realized it's not even that close to Canada). What do you guys think? Leave a comment below!
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