Sunday, 18 August 2013

Expand Canada. Why think small?

The 1846 Oregon Treaty between the Brits and the Yanks gave up all the lands north of the Columbia to the 49th parallel.  The Columbia is a natural boundary between Canada and the US. Why is there a Vancouver in Washington State?  Because it used to be our Fort Vancouver.  If you ever drive through the lower Fraser Valley, you can see the rest of the delta farmland that should have been Canada stretching south.  With the farmland and the Seattle harbour, the West of Canada would be a powerhouse. (This deal happened just 21 years before our Confederation.)

We've flirted with the Turks and Caicos Islands:   Robert Borden PM (1917), NDP Saltsman (1974), PC McKenzie (1986),  Conservative Goldring (2004) and the Province of Nova Scotia (2004) which offered to annex the Islands within Canada.

A 1952 business poll in Barbados showed most were keen to join Canada. (Wikipedia link above).

Iceland has been thinking about adopting the Loony.

There's even a tiny separatist movement in Siberia which has thought of joining the US (Alaska).  We're just as close. China will end up with that land, not Russia, the way things are going.

Why think small?  We have one of the safest, wealthiest, healthiest and friendliest countries on the face of the earth and many would like to come here or have a chance to rub some of that off on themselves.
Turks & Caicos beach

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