Speaking during Question Period on April 29th, Kerry-Lynne Findlay MP endorsed CANZUK free movement, trade and foreign policy, highlighting the benefits of geo-political cooperation between the four nations.
Findlay, who is Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock in British Columbia, currently heads the CANZUK portfolio within the Canadian Conservative Party.
Her statement to the House of Commons comes shortly after other Canadian MPs expressed support for closer ties between the four nations, and Canada’s Leader of the Opposition also endorsed CANZUK free movement in late 2020.
Closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have become frequently addressed objectives in recent months, with visas and mutual skills recognition discussed as part of the upcoming Australia-UK trade deal, and New Zealand also seeking special provisions as part of a £2.9 billion trade deal with the UK.
Findlay’s full statement to the Canadian House of Commons can be watched via the above video link or read below:
“Mr. Speaker, imagine a world where Canadians can more easily work in London, professional and trades credentials from B.C. are recognized in Sydney and snowbirds could choose between New Zealand’s north and south islands.
Freer movement and labour mobility are part of several pillars of the visionary CANZUK initiative, a deeper geopolitical alliance between Canada and three of our most like-minded allies, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.; a partnership that could include foreign policy coordination, pooled procurement, closer defence and security ties and expanded trade, fostering a new era of opportunity and prosperity for Canadians.
CANZUK could give our nations outsized influence on the world stage. Together, we can amplify our shared values of multiculturalism, respect for human rights and the rule of law and counter-threats posed by increasingly hostile regimes.
We have fought wars and today share high-level intelligence alongside our CANZUK sisters and brothers. Our ties are both current and historic. As we look to embrace measures that will see Canada thrive in a post-pandemic world, I would advocate that a CANZUK future is a brighter future.
CANZUK International will continue to work with all Canadian MPs in promoting CANZUK and liaise with political representatives across all four CANZUK countries to ensure policy collaboration in promoting freedom of movement, trade and foreign affairs.