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e-1986 (International agreements)

Initiated by Benjamin Sharma from North York, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019;
  • Canada has already expressed its desire to re-establish deeper relations with its old friend and related country;
  • Australia and New Zealand have expressed similar wishes; and
  • A citizens' movement for closer relations between our nations has formed, using the acronym CANZUK.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Initiate formal talks with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the accession of Canada and the United Kingdom to the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (1973).
Subject to strict criminal and healthcare checks, this would allow freedom of movement, reciprocal healthcare and visa-free labour for citizens including retirement re-location amongst the four nations. This would include residency requirements for benefits claims (two years is the current norm within the TTTA).
All four governments have expressed a desire to re-establish their deep ties which were broken with the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community in 1973. Super-majorities of citizens in all four countries support re-establishing the free movement of citizens amongst our countries that existed until the 1960s.
The simplest, easiest way to do this is to add Canada and the UK to the existing NZ-OZ agreement.
Open for signature
January 30, 2019, at 4:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 30, 2019, at 4:02 p.m. (EDT)
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