COVID-19 Will Inspire Us To Pursue A Better Tomorrow

CANZUK International’s Senior Associate for Eastern Canada, Joshua Thomson, explains why the COVID-19 pandemic is a catalyst for closer CANZUK cooperation and a reminder of what like-minded nations can achieve by working together.

The Queen addresses the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic (photo: Ocean Outdoor/PA Media)
   Written by Joshua Thomson
Joshua is a Senior Associate with
CANZUK International based in
Saint John, New Brunswick


Her Majesty, The Queen’s rare broadcast to the U.K. and the Commonwealth this past Sunday was another reminder to us all for the need of unity and cooperation in today’s world.

While the Queen made reference to ages past, she also recognized that this crisis is indeed, different. It is a crisis which has gripped our world with uncertainty and tragedy, the likes of which we have not seen since the Spanish Flu a century ago.

The Queen is no stranger to crises, having grown up during the Second World War; a time in her life which has defined her to this day. When she came to the throne in 1952, the Commonwealth of Nations was still a fresh concept following the decolonisation of the British Empire. Throughout her nearly 70-year reign, the Commonwealth has been of the utmost importance to her.

It is largely in part to Her Majesty that CANZUK could now be a reality we could all benefit from in the world of tomorrow.

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While the Coronavirus Pandemic has our world at a standstill, it is important for us all to keep pushing forward, remain united and look to more promising days ahead. In January 2020, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Canada, Australia and the U.K. in the top 10 of the world’s most well-developed public health care systems. Forbes also ranked Canada, Australia and the U.K. this year as some of the most prepared countries in the world for an epidemic.

The Washington Post has pointed out that New Zealand is not only flattening the curve, it is squashing it by acting swiftly and implementing unprecedented measures.

The aforementioned countries make up the CANZUK family and what this collaboration presents is a solution to help stimulate and recover the world economy during the post-pandemic period. While we cope and navigate through the greatest crisis of our time, it is an opportunity for us to aspire to a better tomorrow, for everyone.

With the recent news of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson being diagnosed with COVID-19, it becomes clear that this catastrophe knows no boundaries. As a result of the Coronavirus, the world is being forced to cross over into unknown territory while learning the value and strength of the human spirit. As we read and hear about the heroic efforts being made across the globe during this troubling time, it should be a reminder to us all of what we can achieve, together.

CANZUK continues to be the hope of many for the future, and with over 285,000 signatures on the petition to date, there’s no sign of that hope ever being extinguished. The Queen’s broadcast proved to be encouraging and moving for many; an enduring and steadfast voice during a time of grief and instability.

Perhaps the most resounding message from her speech was when Her Majesty proclaimed, “The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.” CANZUK is our opportunity for a prideful and brighter future.

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