[quote]Canada could ditch winter blues by annexing Caribbean paradise
Fri Mar 26, 2:15 AM ET
MONTREAL (AFP) - Ask anyone their image of Canada – and it’s a fair bet that a tropical nirvana shaded by palm trees, with an emerald sea lapping miles of golden sands would be the last thing to come to mind.
That could soon change, if an ambitious project makes the sun-kissed Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos the eleventh – and warmest – province of ice-bound Canada.
The Turks and Caicos government requested a link-up with Canada in 1987, but a Canadian Foreign Ministry study turned down the idea.
Today, Goldring told AFP, things are different. Goldring says there is a huge upside to his scheme, for both the islands and Canada.
If the islands did join up with Canada there would be plenty of work to do.
Bridges need to be constructed over shallow straits between islands, as do retirement properties for Canadians desperate to escape their chilly homeland.
Authorities must also build tourist facilities for the nearly half-million Canadian “snow birds” who head south to the Caribbean each year, to escape the winter blues.
Businessmen are also pushing the idea, hoping to make a fast buck as the tourism trade heats up. [/quote]