A question for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
To create more jobs and grow the economy to benefit all Canadians, perhaps we have to think outside the box.
My wife and I will soon be retired snowbirds. Like millions of other Canadians we will spend six months of the year outside of Canada in warmer countries like United States and Mexico, spending our retirement dollars in foreign countries.
I would like to see the Government of Canada partner with a tropical Island in the Caribbean or South Pacific to create a new Province for Canada. Islanders would become Canadian citizens and equal partners in development.
The Government of Canada, Islanders and Developers would create P3 partnerships to build infrastructure like airports, hospitals, roads etc. Resorts, residential neighbourhoods and retail developments to follow. (Sun Rivers in Kamloops is a good example of a community residential P3 development.)
Development bylaws should only allow for carbon neutral, eco friendly development, showcasing Canadian technologies and resources to the world.
Canadians like me would then have a place to go for retirement where we can spend our retirement money in Canada increasing government tax revenue. Also new foreign tourist to this Island Province will generating exceptional new growth for the tourist industry.
Let’s keep the billions of retirement dollars in Canada!
What are your thoughts on this new Island Province / tax revenue concept?
Unfortunately, I never had a chance to ask my question to the Prime Minister.
KEVIN DEAN CONNIE
Editor’s note: The idea of adopting the Turks and Caicos as Canada’s 11th province has been floated by Canadian politicians from time to time over the past 40 years, since Canadian business is very active there. Turks and Caicos politicians haven’t necessarily ruled it out.