CANZUK International, a non-profit organization that is a strong advocate of the idea, has circulated a petition online that has gained tremendous momentum over the past few months. Currently, it has over 200,000 signatures from people all over the world, and that number continues to grow rapidly.
In Canada, politicians like Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and ex-candidate Erin O’Toole have shown their support for the idea, and are even strongly considering making it an election issue for 2019. Such could greatly impact voting patterns and poll statistics for that election year.
James Skinner, the CEO of CANZUK International, assured that the free movement between the countries would be “controlled,” with health and security restrictions in place. People on terrorist watch-lists or with criminal records would not qualify. He also mentioned that the union could help with free trade negotiations, which would benefit each of the four countries’ economies.
Free movement is particularly attractive to citizens because it would allow them to work, live and travel between the countries freely with minimal restrictions. The varying geographical locations of the four countries could aid in tourism, as “snowbird” relationships potentially form. Each country would also benefit from the others’ skilled workers, which would be contribute their efforts in any of the four locations.
While no formal proposals have been presented to each country’s government as of yet, CANZUK International hopes to gain 250,000 signatures on their petition and eventually submit it to them. The hope is that the proposals on paper will eventually become topics of active conversation and consideration among the four governments.