5eyes-01_homepage_blog_horizontal.pngSeveral 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 …

screenshot-2017-02-04-07-41-49… 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.

defence2-1No 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!

By Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.


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