Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Making Land a Mobile Factor? 

Well, not really, but Canada's borders do seem shockingly mobile these days.

As I've mentioned innumerable times before, Denmark is trying to claim territory Canada regards as its own. But now comes news that Canada is considering annexing some territory to the south: The Turks & Caicos Islands.
This 40-island archipelago is surrounded by the aqua-blue waters of the Caribbean, but some leaders here and in Canada see a brighter future as part of the Great White North.

In pursuit of a winter escape, Canadians have been eyeing this sun-drenched diving paradise for decades. Some politicians looking for new markets think the Turks & Caicos would make a fine regional springboard.

Never mind that the world's most powerful country stands between Canada and the Caribbean or that with no direct flights from Ottawa to Grand Turk, the island chain's capital, the journey can take the better part of a day. Year-round sunshine for the frozen northerners and First World government services for the far-flung islanders have both sides warming to the notion of a federation.

No polls have been taken nor any referendum held, but talk about becoming an outpost of Canada, an idea that dates to 1917, has become more animated since a new government took power here a year ago.

"It certainly is still an issue we are interested in pursuing with the Canadians," says Chief Minister Michael Misick, leader of this colony, one of the British Empire's last footholds in the Caribbean. He planned to travel to Ottawa during the parliamentary session to discuss the possibility of merging the islands with Canada.
While the Canadian government has rejected the idea in the past, there is now an organized effort by some Canadian lawmakers to sell the idea to a skeptical public.

No word yet on whether the International Cartographers Union has started a lobbying effort in Ottawa...

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