Recent polling commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has projected a 6 point lead for the Conservative Party of Canada, who have committed to establishing free trade and migration agreements between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The opposition Conservative Party have led the polls since February and current projections indicate a 41% chance of winning an overall majority ahead of the October federal election, with a 31% chance of winning a minority government.
Key members within the party have openly declared support for establishing a CANZUK arrangement, including free trade and free movement of citizens based upon the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement and the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement, respectively.
Andrew Scheer, the party’s leader, has previously stated at an event in Vancouver, British Columbia, “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”.
This sentiment was also echoed by Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Erin O’Toole, who has vowed to “actively pursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact, including freedom to live, work, and invest in these countries”.
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Other key advocates within the party include Deputy Opposition Leader, Lisa Raitt, Shadow Minister for International Trade, Dean Allison, and Deputy Opposition Whip, John Brassard. The CANZUK policy was also adopted as official party policy following 97% delegate support at the party’s convention in August 2018.
The Canadian federal election is scheduled for October 21st, 2019, with current projections indicating 35.2% public support for the Conservatives, 29.8% for the Liberals, 15.5% for the NDP and 11.3% for the Greens.
CANZUK International will continue to work with government officials and diplomats in Canada and ensure that free movement and trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom is recognised as a priority policy following the 2019 general election.
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