The free movement of people and goods between countries that are friendly to the values, principles and goals of Canada is something that can advance cultural and socioeconomic conditions for all the nations involved; such is the gist of a political position recently adopted by the Conservative Party.
CANZUK is a proposal that started in a very democratic manner: Canadians aligned with the Tories set up an online petition that gathered more than 300,000 signatures, and the party responded accordingly by making it a political objective to include in the 2019 campaign. The passports carried by the citizens of the aforementioned countries will be able to take up residence, attend schools and apply for jobs in the CANZUK nations.
In addition to the free movement of people, which would be similar to the agreements observed by the European Union, CANZUK would also enable multilateral trade, exchanges of ideas, cultural programs, and cooperation in matters of international security.
The Tories are already working on the next stage of CANZUK, which consists of garnering the support of political parties abroad that share conservative values. Diplomats and legislators of the CANZUK nations have been working on advancing this proposal on an individual basis, but the time has come to get political parties involved.
At a time when the free movement of people and goods between Canada and the United States has become strained because of the draconian and nonsensical policies of the Trump administration, it is refreshing to learn that the Conservatives are looking for sensible options with friendly nations that can really contribute to international development.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.