It is not the first time that the idea of incorporating the tropical Turks and Caicos Islands as a new Canadian province or territory. If this happens, the islands will become Canada’s 11th province. It is a question if it is a good idea or not. Canada has played a large role in developing the infrastructure and many Canadians have chosen to call the islands their home.
Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing has even visited Ottawa to promote tourism and trade connections with Canada. A new tourism office was officially open in Toronto shortly after. It is quite a dream to give Canadians a tropical destination to escape the cold harsh winters. It is no surprise that the second-largest source of their tourists come from Canada.
As ideal as it is to have somewhere to call paradise, there is a lot that goes into marrying two countries. Many people fear what it will be like to take on the islands’ economic and social problems. The former premier of Turks and Caicos was accused of corruption and arrested in Brazil. He had to step down and the UK government took over until a new leader was re-elected.
The Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has dismissed the idea and says “Canadians are dreaming if they think they’ll have a province in the Caribbean any time soon.” However Conservative MP Peter Goldring is pushing the idea as he thinks there are opportunities to grow in the Caribbean. The prospects are still out there and the Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing is leaving the door open.