CPC 2018: Convention CANZUK Flagship, Game Changing Policy

With only one week left until the Canadian elections, we can flash back a year ago to August 2018 when the Canadian Conservative Party brought up the following CANZUK Treaty during their debate on foreign affairs at their CPC Convention.

Foreign Affairs – C – 9 – 1349

EDA(s) – Vancouver Centre, Durham

Section – U – CANZUK Treaty. CANZUK Treaty Implementation (NEW)

Subject to thorough security & health checks, CPC will work to realize these objectives among CANZUK

countries:

a) Free trade in goods/services

b) Visa-free labour/leisure mobility for citizens, including retirement relocation

c) Reciprocal healthcare agreement modeled on existing AU / NZ / UK bilaterals

d) Increased consumer choice/protection for travel

e) Security coordination

A transcript of the video is available below.

This ladies and gentle, is the game-changer policy for our party at this convention. This is the policy that will appeal to freedom of the individual, in terms of their purchasing, in terms of their ability to be mobile, whether the individual is a senior or someone just finishing their university year and wanting to travel in their gap year, or whether it is a young millennial that is looking for global experience for their resume and on the flip-side for Canadian business, that is looking to get the best and brightest talent that they can get from anywhere in the planet to catapult our industry here. Lulelemon which is headquartered in Vancouver has such a big problem with labour mobility justification, every time one of their executives gets poached by Reebok or by Adidas, they got to go hunting for a new executive to bring over and that’s very expensive and very time-consuming for them to do. This would allow for that labour mobility that we have and its a game-changer for the party, in terms of freedom of business, of individual and mobility.

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I’m passionate about CANZUK when Brian Mulroney and the Conservative government negotiated our first major free trade deal with the United States, we still owned Air Canada, as a government and there was no internet. Today trade and mobility and mobility for our young people and for Canadians to work, learn and exchange the world is the new expectation on trade agreements and international relations. With CANZUK, we can work with countries, that we are already in the Five Eyes security partnership with, we already have some trade and mobility agreements with but we can take it to the next level, to show that multilateral organisations wcan be aspirational, where if you have the rule of law, GDP, respect for rights, the Common Law system, the ability to support a free market, that you’ll work more together, then we’ll let more and more countries in and revolutionise opportunity with CANZUK. Please support it, thank you.

Erin O’Toole

This is a great idea but for me it’s just way too big, way too difficult to implement and there’s a whole lot of things in here, that aren’t actually done by the federal government, they are done by the provincial government, government(s) in terms of credentialing and things like that. Nice idea but I just think it’s way too big and would just too difficult to implement.

Laurie Daniel Hawn

I’m Ed Fast, former trade minister for Canada and there’s nothing that’s too big for Canada. We’re the ones that negotiated CETA, the largest trade agreement in the world, we are the ones that negotiated the Trans-Pacific partnership which by the way includes Australia and New Zealand, now can you imagine adding the UK and having the most like minded partners in the world, working together, special issues such as mobility, healthcare agreements, where you could travel to Australia and know that you could get emergency care there, the way they could in Canada. These are the kind of opportunities that are opened up under CANZUK, I strongly recommend that you support this.

Edward D. “Ed” Fast 

My concern is, and what I’d want Ed to clarify, is with the labour mobility piece, we just announced policy on Tuesday stating that we would align the economic immigration with labour force needs and this to me, is imprecise on if we’d be prioritising economic immigration from these countries opposed to others, and whether or not we have enough information of Canada’s labour needs would be provided from these countries, so yes nothing is too big for Canada but details matter Ed and that would be my position would be my position as immigration shadow minister, how would you implement labour mobility, given credentialing Laurie raised a good point at the provinces, as well as the healthcare component, so maybe agree in principal but I don’t see a lot of details here Trade Minister.

Stephanie Kusie

Often times, when we deal with policy, we do deal with a high level and I think the proposal of CANZUK and the implementation of it as proposed in, and I think it’ll be phased in and it’ll be determined what those priorities are but I think what Erin said is important, that these are countries which share the same values and the same principals that we do, values of democracy, the rule of law, that everybody is treated equally and so this to me, is a winning principal, a winning principal of not only Conservative values but also an ability to attract young people on a particular policy like CANZUK. I can tell you right now that CANZUK International has well over 100,000 young people that follow this debate. This will be an ability for an ability for all of us as Conservatives to attract these people and come up with this as a winning policy, so I’m urging all of you to support this policy. Thank you.

John Brassard

I once again go to the game-changer policy, ladies and gentlement besides these four countries having the same head of state, free and fair trade practices, complimentary social living and labour standards, they are all part of the five eyes security group, they already work tightly together, free trade is our brand as a party, competitiveness is our brand as a party, economic choice of more good and services at better prices is the brand of our party and ladies and gentlemen this has 238,000 signatures (~275,000 now) from people who have signed up to the CANZUK International site, just imagine if we can outreach to those poeple after this meeting by doing the secondary tour with Erin O’Toole who brought this forward during the CPC Leadership debate and all of our shadow cabinet, inviting all of those 238,000 people to events about CANZUK and they would become our ambassadors for the party, whether they are blue, orange, green or red, this is a game changer!

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So, I’m going to do something a little bit different now thank you. Why don’t we move directly to the vote, I’m trying to avoid the back and forth and you know it might be a little confusing. I’ll try to remember the vote and then tell you the results of the previous one so we know exactly what we are voting for, does that seem better? A little bit okay? Okay so we are going to vote now on the debate who has just finished on resolution 9 foreign affairs.

All those in favour please raise your cards.

There’s some serious mumbling on this one for some reason. We’re so excited.

And against, please raise your cards.

And thank you for your patience, it is very important for us to get the actual number of votes and cards so that’s why we aren’t just glossing over it when it’s an obvious win. We may if there are ties to go back to the actual number of votes, so please take that into account if you are leaving the room.

And so back to resolution 9 foreign affairs, in favour 215, 7 against , in percentage that’s 97 % for, 3 % against.

Speaker

Brexit provides Australia with a unique opportunity to create deeper ties between our closest Commonwealth allies, it’s an opportunity that we shouldn’t pass up

Thank you Mr acting deputy president, I rise tonight to discuss a unique opportunity that Australia has been represented with by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. Firstly I would like to commend the Turnbull government and trade minister Steven Ciabo for their decisive action to begin discussions for a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the UK, putting us at the head of the queue to form closer economic relations after the Brexit referendum in June last year but as I suggested in the financial review last week, we have a rare opportunity to go one step further too. With multiple Commonwealth nations looking to sign post-Brexit trade agreements with the UK, we could also form a new Global Trade block, with our closest allies, the Commonwealth countries which would most easily fit within this new block would include Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, a group collectively known as CANZUK. Collectively these four countries have a combined GDP of 6.5 trillion dollars and they account for 3.5 dollars, US in global trade, that means a CANZUK global trade block would be the 4th largest economy in the world behind only the USA, China and the EU. Removing existing tariff barriers could substantially increase trade between these countries, particularly between Australia and the UK, which is currently our 7th largest trading partner, despite the tariffs imposed by their membership of the EU’s custom union but there are more fundamental reasons for a CANZUK trade agreement than just the collective size of our economies. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, all share close political, cultural and institutional ties, that are based on our shared history and values, we share Common Law legal systems, parliamentary democracies, free-market economies, respect for individual liberties, language and even a head of state. Its this common history and culture and these shared institutions that have made us among, the most free and prosperous nations on earth. These close ties have also provided the basis for a defense and intelligence sharing relationship that is aptimised, along with the US in the Five Eyes Alliance. Its only appropriate that these close ties also extend to trade. The only reason it hasn’t is because of the UK’s past inability to shape their own trade agreements but with Article 50 already invoked, it is only a matter of time before this changes. Unlike many other multilateral trade agreements, a CANZUK agreement shouldn’t require the long and often drawn out difficult negotiations, this is because we already have a highly successful agreement to base it on, the Closer Economic Relationship between Australia and New Zealand. The CER agreement, already prohibits all tariffs and trade restrictions on goods, originating in the free trade area, it contains measures to minimise market distortions such as export subsidies and it has protocols to reduce barriers to investment, such as higher screening thresholds, rather than drafting an entirely new agreement from scratch, Australia should advocate adding Canada and the UK to the CER agreement, with only a few major changes, if required. Taking this approach would limit the need for regulatory harmonisation, this is because the CER is based on the mutual recognition of goods and occupations, this would distinguish it from the ever-closer political union of the European Union which the British people understandably rejected last year, because it eroded their democratic sovereignty. Like the CER, CANZUK would include the freedom of movement between the four Commonwealth countries, this may sound controversial, particularly because of the role that immigration played in the referendum but polling conducted by the Royal Commonwealth society has shown, CANZUK freedom of movement has clear majority support in all four countries, with 82 % support among New Zealanders, 72 % support among Canadians, 70 % support among Australians and even 58 % support among citizens of the UK (more recent polling by CANZUK International shows ~70 % support in the UK). The final reason why Australia should pursue a CANZUK agreement is that it could act as a strong voice in favour of the rules based, that is under attack by populist movements from both sides of the political aisle around the world, over time this is a group which could grow. In the past week, I’ve had many suggestions of additional countries that would make logical additions to CANZUK (e.g. Singapore), getting the core building block in place first, makes sense though. Brexit provides Australia with a unique opportunity to create deeper ties between our closest Commonwealth allies, it’s an opportunity that we shouldn’t pass up.

Senator James Paterson

Parties pitch Canadians on foreign policy ideas

The Tories promise to advocate for the “CANZUK alliance,” consisting of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Depending on how this policy gets fleshed out, it could be significant. America is leaving a vacuum in world leadership. Other countries, and other coalitions and alliances, need to fill it.

South Africa Looks for South Africa United Kingdom Visa Free Travel

In May 2019, the following non-EU passports were added to the UK egates:

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Many people were wondering why South African passports weren’t also added. It appears that this week, that South African Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsolaledi is looking to amend this however he admits that there has been problems in the past which ultimately ended up with the UK restricting all South Africans.

We used to enter the UK visa-free, but unfortunately, something happened some years back where there were complaints where other nations were able to forge our passport. We have improved, our passports are harder to forge now and we think the UK should reconsider.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

That being said, these days however the passport is not just a piece of paper and the piece of paper part in any case has a large number of fluorescent markers, similar to the difference in old to new bank notes, making it harder to illegally copy. The physical passport will also be linked to a South African database which following an agreement between South Africa and the UK, the UK will be able to link its Electronic Travel Authorisation system to check whether the passport is genuine. There may also be facial and fingerprint checks at the egates just to make sure everything with the person travelling checks out.

On the other hand, the South African Travel Advice by the UK Government deems South Africa as having a far higher level of violent crime that the other countries it has added to its e-gates.

The corruption index of South Africa is also substantially lower (higher is better) than the CANZUK countries (87 New Zealand, 85 Singapore, 81 Canada, 80 United Kingdom, 77 Australia, 76 Hong Kong, 73 Japan, 71 United States, 57 South Korea versus 43 South Africa).