Vacationing in sunny Canada

Tuesday, 15 July 2003 — 11:42am

I smell Hawaii envy, and it fills me with a burgeoning desire to put on the Beach Boys:

MP backs lobby for a sunny 11th province

A Canadian Alliance MP wants Canada to investigate the possibility of annexing the idyllic Turks and Caicos Islands.

Peter Goldring, MP for Edmonton Centre-East, has drafted a motion asking the federal government to study the practicality of “a union” that would see the islands adopted as “Canada’s 11th province.” He plans to introduce it when the House of Commons reconvenes this fall.

Canada has twice rejected the idea of annexing the archipelago in the past 30 years. But Mr. Goldring says it might make sense to reconsider in “this new day and age of international terrorism.”

“Maybe it would be good from a secure aspect of having a little piece of Canada in the south that Canadians could travel to with a greater sense of security than some of the other islands that are commonly visited,” he said from Edmonton.

Believe it or not, I think these guys are serious. More information, including maps for those of you who (understandably) have nary a clue where Turks and Caicos are, can be found at A Place in the Sun.

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