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  • Pro-CANZUK Politician Elected As Federal Party Leader

    Canadian Member of Parliament and pro-CANZUK advocate, Andrew Scheer MP, has been elected as the new federal leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

    Andrew Scheer MP has been elected as the new Conservative party leader following a pro-CANZUK policy

       Written by James Skinner

    After a lengthy race for the party leadership, 13 candidates were gradually narrowed down on Saturday evening in Toronto. The 12th round ballot eliminated pro-CANZUK MP, Erin O'Toole, leaving Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer as the final round contenders.

    In the end, 132,000 ballots were weighted, with Scheer coming out victorious.

    Scheer has continually expressed his support for advancing free trade agreements between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; a policy which was advocated among many MPs during the leadership election, including Erin O'Toole, Chris Alexander and Michael Chong.

    When questioned about Canada's CANZUK trade opportunities at the Vancouver Leadership Debate in March, Scheer responded:

    "Absolutely, I very much support a trade deal with those countries. Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have a similar basis of law, they have a common democratic system, they have the same types of legislation and regulations around investment and trade. Those are the types of things we don't enjoy with China. I was a big proponent of Brexit before Brexit even happened [and] we should be pursuing a free trade deal immediately".

    CANZUK International will continue to work with Andrew Scheer and advocate the CANZUK campaign in preparation for the party's national convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2018, in which we will aim to secure CANZUK free movement and free trade as official policies of the Conservative Party of Canada.

          
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  • How CANZUK Can Win The War On Terror

    CANZUK International advocates the free movement of people between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, but many will be concerned with the concept of opening our borders while terrorism atrocities continue.

    A CANZUK alliance would be a significant force in fighting terrorism  (photo: Yuriy Dyachyshyn / AFP / Getty Images)

       Written by James Skinner

    The most recent attack on an arena in Manchester, England, left 22 people dead and dozens severely injured. The youngest was an eight year old girl.

    Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK threat level to “critical ”, meaning another terrorist atrocity is expected imminently. Over 1,000 military troops have also been deployed around the UK as the hunt for a terrorist network begins, and counter-terrorism operations are expected to continue over the coming months.

    It is therefore clear that such atrocities are becoming common in the western world, but how can an alliance of CANZUK countries help the fight against terrorism? Would citizens of these countries be at a greater risk, because free movement of people naturally means free movement of criminal activity?

    You may be surprised to hear that CANZUK International’s proposals would mean the very opposite; greater security collaboration and greater national security for all citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    Many are unaware that the CANZUK countries already collaborate on international security through the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance, comprising Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. These countries are bound by a multilateral agreement to collaborate on, and share, signals, military and human intelligence, making it the most comprehensive and effective intelligence alliance in history.

    At the most recent gathering of the Five Eyes countries in New Zealand, Prime Minister Bill English stated: “It's becoming increasingly obvious, I think, that as you consider these supra-national threats like ISIS that you work together with other countries”, and with a combined budget of approximately $11 billion per year, the Five Eyes is not short of resources or funding for its operations.

    It is reasonable to think that free movement would strain the operations of the Five Eyes countries, but not so when their capabilities are considered. As a former NSA Director once explained, “if a suspected terrorist boards a plane in Australia on his way to the United States, we know everything about him - his name, age, address, even his bank account number - before he even lands”.

    Even with the introduction of free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the likelihood of terrorist atrocities occurring would be no more significant than they already are. In fact, their likelihood would be even less so, as free movement of CANZUK citizens would provide greater opportunities for diplomatic cooperation between these countries, and a greater pool of human resources to recruit from, making the Five Eyes operations even more effective.

    Not to mention, free movement (as proposed by CANZUK International) would not develop along the lines of the European Union’s protocols, but along the principles adopted through the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement. 

    This agreement, which exists between Australia and New Zealand, permits the free movement of people while also granting customs and intelligence officers the discretion to refuse entry of “undesirables”. Those labelled as such are refused entry to Australia or New Zealand because of intelligence sharing protocols alerting customs officials of the entrant's criminal history (for example, if they have served time in prison, are on a terrorist watch list, have affiliations with former or current terrorist organisations, etc). In other words, a terrorist boarding a plane in Australia would be barred from entering New Zealand before he even stepped foot on New Zealand soil.

    This is nothing more than a common sense approach for freedom of movement, and what better way to combat terrorism than by sharing such free movement regulations, and increasing intelligence collaboration, between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    There is no doubt that despite our politician's best (or sub-par) efforts to fight terrorism, the attempts of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Boko Haram to destroy western values will continue.

    However, an effective way of hindering, and even destroying, such threats from these organisations has already proven its worth. The collaboration of the Five Eyes countries provides a useful starting point for a more comprehensive diplomatic alliance for the nations of the CANZUK Group, which would compliment the work of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

    A safer, more secure world is therefore closer than we think, and all our representatives in parliament have to do is look to CANZUK for the answer.

          
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  • ''Global Britain'' Looks To The Emerging Anglosphere

    What lies beyond Brexit? This is not just a question for the United Kingdom and the European Union, but also one that will reverberate around the world, and one answer is “the Anglosphere”.

    Theresa May will look to the Anglosphere for post-Brexit ties  (photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters)

    Published by The Conversation

    Often spoken of as an alternative to the UK’s membership of the EU, the Anglosphere is the other side of the Brexit coin.

    But what is this novel ideology, which rose to prominence during the Brexit referendum? Where did it come from, and how will it affect Australia?

    The origins of the Anglosphere concept were first presented in the late 19th century. Imperial federation was proposed as an alternative to growing instability within the British Empire and growing competition from external rivals (not least the US).

    However, although having some influential friends such as one of Australia’s founding fathers, Alfred Deakin, the proposition lacked sufficient precision in terms of its form and purpose. The dream faded.

    Nevertheless, the concept of the “English-speaking peoples” was not totally dead. Brief periods of political support manifested but quickly passed, particularly in pivotal moments of change.

    During the second world war, and as the UK prepared to “abandon” its empire and join the European Economic Community, support for the English-speaking peoples as a political community was strengthened.

    More recently, the Anglosphere has been advanced by an influential international alliance of predominantly conservative politicians, commentators and public intellectuals. This loose grouping shares an insurgent ideological and geopolitical agenda that informs ambitions for an alternative world order, including Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and the EU’s eventual collapse.

    During the Brexit referendum, senior politicians in the “Leave” campaign – such as Nigel Farage, Michael Gove, Daniel Hannan, and David Davis – also made explicit reference to the potential of the Anglosphere.

    The Anglosphere provided a point of commonality between the different groups supporting Brexit. But such commonality can be deceptive. British national self-interest has often overlooked the diverse geopolitical and economic interests of the Anglosphere’s other constituent countries.

    The Anglosphere was one of the big winners of Brexit. Three of Theresa May’s ministers – Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis – are devotees of it, and are currently shaping Britain’s new place in the world.

    In January 2017, May argued that Brexit afforded new opportunities for a “truly Global Britain” to re-imagine existing and new international relationships.

    May said a “profoundly internationalist” post-EU Britain should draw on its distinctive national history and culture to become “the best friend and neighbour” to Europe, while also reaching out across the world “to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike”.

    But what does this mean for Australia and the world?

    Proponents of “Global Britain” have often sought to support their vision by drawing attention to the potential for a series of trade deals to be quickly concluded across the Anglosphere once the UK leaves the EU.

    May and US President Donald Trump have also sought to reframe the “special relationship” in the context of Brexit. They emphasised that stronger ties are founded “on the bonds of history, of family, kinship and common interests”.

    However, there is a lack of consistency in terms of which countries actually constitute the Anglosphere. Many of the most vocal proponents have sought to frame the Anglosphere around a “network of core constituent Crown countries” that comprise Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Others have sought to frame it in terms of a new Anglo-American alliance re-asserting its global influence.

    But outside of these so-called “core” Anglophone countries, it is not clear what place there is for, say, India, Ireland, Singapore or South Africa.

    For many supporters, greater engagement with the Anglosphere is congruent with a desire to rejuvenate the Commonwealth, particularly India. Such designs reveal historical and contemporary complexities both in geopolitical relations between the core Anglosphere countries and the pervasive resonance of racism and neo-colonialism across parts of the former British Empire.

    Trump’s America is seen both as pivotal and a potential threat to the free-trade foundations of a post-Brexit Anglosphere. Other critics have suggested that “Global Britain” is akin to “Empire 2.0”, founded on an overly positive vision of the colonial past and resting on a nostalgia-infused, post-imperial “amnesia”.

    You don’t have to look far to find people like Australia’s current and former foreign ministers, Julie Bishop and Gareth Evans, who think this is a bad idea. Yet the Anglosphere has supporters in high places – notionally former Australian leaders Tony Abbott and John Howard. Like these figures, the Anglosphere currently remains influential yet marginalised.

    But that’s what most people thought about Brexit a year ago. As British withdrawal from the EU shapes an emerging world order, its supporters think the Anglosphere is an idea whose time has come.

          
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  • Canadian Politician Backs CANZUK Free Trade Deal

    A senior Canadian member of parliament and candidate for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Michael Chong MP, has publicly declared his support for establishing free trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK after Brexit.

    Michael Chong has urged CANZUK free trade once Brexit negotiations are concluded  (photo: Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

       Written by James Skinner

    Interviewing with A Strong Canada, Chong was asked how he would ensure Canadian interests are protected in negotiating free trade deals once the United Kingdom officially withdraws from the European Union in 2019.

    Chong responded: "I think its a good idea to explore a new trade deal with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, particularly in light of the Brexit vote".

    His comments come after numerous MPs previously declared their support for CANZUK free trade and free movement, with Erin O'Toole adopting a CANZUK initiative as part of his campaign platform, with Andrew Scheer and Chris Alexander also advocating greater ties between the countries.


          
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  • Over 190,000 People Sign CANZUK Petition

    CANZUK International's online petition, advocating the free movement of citizens between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, has received over 190,000 signatures (and is continuing to rise).

    Over 190,000 people have signed our online petition promoting CANZUK freedom of movement

    Our support is growing rapidly every day, and members of the public (as well as high-profile politicians and diplomats) are pledging their support for visa free/work permit free travel for citizens between the CANZUK nations.

    Our petition is also one of the most viewed petitions on Change.org this month, as thousands of people have signed and shared online, demonstrating huge support for our proposals across the world and promoting our cause as one of the fastest growing issues within international politics.

    The campaign is making tremendous progress, and we are determined to continue increasing our awareness so free movement will be adopted as official immigration policy of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    However, we can only achieve this with your continued support…


    How Can I Help?


    Sign and share our online petition – with over 190,000 signatures, our petition is being viewed daily by politicians, diplomats and government officials across the world. The more signatures we receive, the more we demonstrate global support for our initiative, providing a mandate for our respective governments to adopt free movement as official immigration policy.

    To sign our online petition, please click here.


    Donate - we rely solely on financial donations from the general public to ensure that free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom is recognised and discussed among MPs, senior government officials and diplomats.

    Please help us continue our campaign by donating today.


    Contact your local MP – change within our parliaments begins with parliamentary members drafting Bills and promoting causes which the public support. By writing to your local MP, you are asking them to represent your voice in parliament and advocate CANZUK free movement within their respective national governments.

    For details about contacting your local Member of Parliament, please click here.


    We sincerely appreciate all support and efforts made to promote freedom of movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and with your help, CANZUK International will continue to advocate, and achieve, free movement policies between these four countries.


          
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  • Canada Should ''Help Shape Brexit'' With Trade Deal

    Canada should be actively pursuing free trade with the United Kingdom even as it pushes ahead with CETA, says former Canadian federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay.

    Peter Mackay has stated Canada should pursue free trade with the UK  (photo: The Canadian Press)

    Written by Julius Melnitzer - Financial Post

    “As a trusted friend, honest broker and ally to both the U.K. and the European Union, Canada can pursue free trade with the U.K. without undermining CETA,”  said MacKay, who is currently a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP in Toronto. “Canada is also positioned to help shape Brexit.”

    McKay’s comments followed on his address to the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce at the House of Lords on Friday, during which he provided his perspective on a shopping list of what Canadians would like to see from Brexit.

    Heading up MacKay’s wish list is the continuation of tariff-free, cross-border trade in goods between the U.K. and the EU.

    “This will preserve established supply chains of which Canadian business and investments form an integral part on both sides of the channel,”  MacKay said.

    Preserving the high level of cross-border trade in wholesale financial services between the U.K. and the EU is also a top priority. MacKay believes this will maintain financial stability in the near term while creating the conditions for Canadian financial firms to assist in broadening and deepening the EU’s own capital markets union.

    Continued mutual access to airspace, transportation links, energy markets, and telecommunication networks would benefit Canada as well. Canadian pension funds have invested heavily in the infrastructure required to support these sectors in the U.K. and in the EU. MacKay said Canadians would like to keep investing in such infrastructure, but need stability in the regulatory environment to do that.

    MacKay, who held federal cabinet posts in foreign affairs, justice and defence, believes that Canada should offer up assistance to the U.K. in its negotiations for access to the EU market. The EU Parliament passed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in February. Canada’s Parliament is expected to approve the deal before the end of the year.

    “CETA gave us a lot of expertise in crafting access to a single market and the U.K. could do far worse than reach out to senior people in our departments of international trade for help in their negotiations with the EU,”  MacKay said. “They could certainly learn from our experience.”

          
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  • OUR TEAM

    Meet the people across the world who are part of CANZUK International
    To view our full staff list, click here

    • James Skinner

      Chief Executive

      James was the founder of the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation and has worked extensively in the governments of Australia & the UK

    • John Bender

      Chairman

      John serves as chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings Ltd, an investment office associated with one of the founding families of a FTSE 100 publishing concern

    • Nigel Greenwood

      Director

      Nigel is an Australian political writer and former senior analyst in the Australian Government, with extensive experience in Australian public policy

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