The premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is in Ottawa on Monday promoting economic ties, but it’s the hope of some politicians to annex the island as Canada’s 11th province that has many dreaming of a truly Canadian tropical beach getaway.
Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other parliamentarians Monday in Ottawa to promote tourism and trade connections with Canada, before heading to Toronto to officially open a new tourism office.
Ewing didn’t exactly say the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands located east of Cuba, was gunning to join Canada.
But “I’m not closing the door completely,” he told reporters after the meeting on Parliament Hill.
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There have been at least three attempts over many decades to have the sun-splashed British overseas territory officially join Canada. However, those attempts have been repeatedly rebuffed either by Canadian or British officials.
But if Conservative MP Peter Goldring gets his way, the archipelago would be Canada’s 11th province.