Several months ago I commented, a couple of times, on an idea by Dr Andrew Lilico called CANZUK. I was, and remain, cautiously supportive because I think there is considerable merit in the notion, but I stressed the need for both some caution ~ limited, achievable aims, and informality ~ we don’t need another formal alliance, like NATO.
I believe that CANZUK could be a very useful and successful trading block and, potentially, a force for “good” in e.g. global peacekeeping ~ as an alternative to the corrupt and inept United Nations and the (often) mistrusted, because it is US-dominated, NATO.
Now I see that CPC leadership contender Erin O’Toole has picked up on this idea …
… and I really hope he expands upon and runs with this idea.
I still think that CANZUK will be “better” if it adds e.g. Singapore and, perhaps, India and Malaysia to the mix.
No matter where Mr O’Toole and this idea are headed, it is the kind of strategic thinking that Canada needs, and of which there is too little, right now. I hope that other Conservatives and the media will press Mr O’Toole to add some meat to this notion ~ to put a bit of flesh on the bare bones of his tweet. It, building outward-looking, global defence and trade relationships ~ peace and prosperity ~ is in sharp contrast to some of the inwardly focused proposals of other candidates and other parties.
Bravo, Mr O’Toole!