After all my complaining about Canadians not having a warm climate to call home, I discover the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Here’s a brief history:
In 1799, both the Turks and the Caicos island groups were annexed by Britain as part of the Bahamas. When Jamaica was granted independence from Britain in August 1962, the Turks & Caicos Islands became a Crown colony. From 1965, the governor of the Bahamas was also governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and oversaw affairs for the islands. When the Bahamas gained independence in 1973, the Turks and Caicos received their own governor (the last administrator was restyled). In 1974, Canadian New Democratic Party MP Max Saltsman tried to use his Private Member’s Bill to create legislation to annex the islands to Canada, but it did not pass in the Canadian House of Commons.
For the islands to join Canada as a full province would require an amendment to the Canadian constitution ratified by seven provincial legislatures representing at least half of the national population. Because such a step could entice provinces to demand other changes to the constitution in exchange for such support, this is seen to be a politically unfeasible option.
In 2004, Conservative Party of Canada MP Peter Goldring visited Turks and Caicos to explore the possibility once more. He drafted a motion asking the Canadian Government to look into the issue, but his party declined, citing immigration, tourism, and economic issues. However, the Canadian government does not dismiss the possibility of a future union.
However, the Canadian government does not dismiss the possibility of a future union. Hurray! If this happens in my lifetime, I’m getting my grass skirt and coconut bra and jumping the first plane.
In the meantime, I could stay at the following all-inclusive resort for 10 days in November for about $3,500 including return airfare:
1. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort. This award-winning resort has it all: 6 pools and swim-up bars; Pirates Island Theme Park; 16 specialty restaurants; family suites; child-sitting, and a scuba-diving certification program. It’s the most magnificent resort I’ve seen yet (on the net). And to think it could become Canadian!
Definitely worth a stay, I think.