It looks like the 40-year-old dream of acquiring the Turks and Caicos as Canada's 11th province is still alive and well in 2018.

Despite the unlikelihood of the colonial dream actually becoming a reality, several Canadians still hold on to the hope that Canada could one day have its very own Hawaii. Until now, supporters are keeping the conversation going online in hopes that the idea will be considered once again:

It all started in 1974 when NDP MP Max Saltzman first suggested the idea. He had introduced a private member's bill to the House of Commons which proposed the annexation of the Turks and Caicos island to make them a part of Canada.

Momentum for the idea grew substantially in 2014, when a resolution list was submitted to the NDP convention. It consisted of the campaign promise that an NDP federal government would make the islands "an affordable tourism industry for all Canadians."

A casual poll by Global News in 2016 also revealed that almost 95 per cent of voters (45,000 people) believed that Turks and Caicos should become Canada's 11th province:

Then, just last year, when Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir revived the debate by releasing a survey asking Canadians whether or not they would advocate the proposed acquisition of the islands. The survey was prefaced with an explanation that several Canadians "are dreaming right now of a tropical getaway," and that the idea had already been backed in the past by some members of parliament, including Conservative MP Peter Goldring.

"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,” the resoution read.

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Considering that thousands of Canadians flock to the Caribbean every winter to escape the snow and cold, it makes sense that the proposed annexation of Turks and Caicos would be widely well-received. But Robin Sears, a former NDP strategist, thinks it's a real far shot.

"One of the reasons the idea continues to be popular is because there is this thing called winter in Canada. But it ain’t going to happen."

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