CANZUK – The Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom Free Trade Bloc

Great Britain is now beginning the process of divorcing from the European Union and going on its own – something it’s quite capable of doing, having built an Empire, then a Commonwealth, with impact around the world,¬† that has lasted 1,000 years.¬† Now a new trade deal is being considered between four very old and dear friends – family members actually – and it’s starting to get a lot of interest among the citizenry of those four countries.¬† It might just be the best idea any of the four has ever been part of!
The proposed union even has an unofficial name, already becoming comonplace РCANZUK:  the Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom trade bloc. There is even a website currently promoting the idea to all four national governments and their citizens Рall four of whom are in various stages of development of the idea already:

CANZUK with insignias of the four Commonwealth countries involved: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. (Credit: Alexander MacLeod)

I believe strongly that the United Kingdom/Great Britain would indeed be best served by joining with these particular member states of the current British Commonwealth, to form a new trade bloc, like the EU – Australia, New Zealand and Canada (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was born I, and have lived all of my 51 years, as a citizen of Canada).

The personal, professional, business and national connections between these four particular countries are incredibly deep. Of course, this is because we are family, as I stated previously – Great Britain being our mother, and the other three nations (Australia, New Zealand and Canada) being sisters, who to this day very much love and respect one another.

The trust and credibility built between these four nations goes all the way back to our individual founding as colonies of the British Empire, and now member sovereign states of the Commonwealth. The daughter states are all within 44 years of being the exact same age:

  • New Zealand – May 7, 1856
  • Dominion of Canada – July 1, 1867
  • Commonwealth of Australia – January 1, 1901

These four nations fought through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a host of other challenging times… side by side.

(from l to r, Rt. Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Rt. Hon. Teresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand)

We share Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as our common monarch. A shared monarch is an essential aspect of CANZUK, which represents a global institution which has played an important role as a symbol of a common heritage and parliamentary tradition.

The Crown is the cornerstone of our democratic governments, and the rule of law over a long history of peaceful constitutional development. It is instructive to note that the English speaking countries which have retained the monarchy have been far more successful in avoiding civil unrest than their republican counterparts such as France and the United States.

The four nations have the same Parliamentary governmental system, a similar Constitution, and are all members of the British Commonwealth. We have similarly-ranked and recognized educational institutions, as well as similar trends in the business and financial realms, and similar geopolitical aspirations. The four nations also have, for the most part, the respect and trust of the majority of the nations of the world.

Interest and support is already high in all four nations for such a trade bloc agreement:

Overall National Average Support (in %):

National Support by Region (in %):

We have a similar racial profile, speak the same language (with some various differences that only make things more interesting). Canada, Australia and New Zealand even share a similar currency with a near-identical value – the Dollar. For example, on October 2, 2019 (information provided by Google Finance)

  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.83 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 Australian Dollar equals 0.89 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.93 Australian Dollar

With the United Kingdom ‚ÄúBrexiting‚ÄĚ the European Union trade bloc and going on their own, this idea has gained newfound interest in the UK, and across the other three nations as well.

passs-e1490853717728This concept of a trade bloc consisting of the United Kingdom/Great Britain, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand was discussed in a February 13, 2017 Financial Post article, which I will quote verbatim for some excellent updated information. – In the Trump era, the plan for a Canadian-U.K.-Australia-New Zealand trade alliance is quickly catching on:

Erin O‚ÄôToole, one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership, has made one of the key planks of his campaign his determination to ‚Äúpursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact.‚ÄĚ The idea of creating a ‚ÄúCANZUK‚ÄĚ zone of free trade and free movement of labour is catching on elsewhere, too.

In New Zealand, the junior coalition partner in the government, the Act New Zealand party led by David Seymour (who himself worked for five years in Canadian politics), is explicitly in favour of free movement and free trade within CANZUK.

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Proposed flag of the CANZUK union, composed of elements from all four national flags. Some with overactive imaginations say this reminds them of a white supremacist flag.

In official party circles within the U.K. and Australia, the wheels are grinding a little slower, but the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is already into most of the idea, proposing a free-trade agreement and free-movement area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. And in Britain, Theresa May’s Conservative government has made it clear it wants new trade agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible after it leaves the EU.

The idea of CANZUK begins with a free-trade agreement, free-movement area (the freedom to live and work in each others’ countries) and defence-partnership agreement. O’Toole favours all three of these main planks, and he’s right that it all makes perfect sense.

The post-Cold-War alliances are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU is losing a key member.

The CANZUK countries, working closely together, would make a formidable contribution to world affairs. They would have the largest total landmass of any free-trade zone. They would collectively constitute the fourth-largest market in the world, after the U.S., EU and China.

Their combined military spending would be the world‚Äôs third largest, well ahead of Russia, and on European Geostrategy‚Äôs geopolitical power index, the CANZUK countries collectively have a strength around 70 per cent of that of the U.S. ‚ÄĒ and nearly twice that of China or France. With a combined global trade footprint nearly twice as big as Japan‚Äôs, the CANZUK countries would have substantial influence in opening up global markets and guiding global regulation across a range of issues from banking to shipping to the environment.

tldrcanzukWhat makes CANZUK a natural union is perhaps self-evident. Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand share a similar culture, similar values, and analogous legal, business and social systems that allow us to get along easily and interchangeably. (The term CANZUK was originally a term diplomats used to refer to these four countries because of how frequently they would vote the same way at the UN.)

Most of the main issues our political parties focus upon are instantly comprehensible to anyone from another CANZUK state. Our laws and constitutions share many features, making trade deals and mutual regulatory recognition a relatively straightforward matter. Our citizens enjoy a roughly similar per capita GDP (which is just not true of the other Commonwealth nations with similar constitutions) and face few hurdles in integrating into another CANZUK country’s labour market. Our societies are peaceful and orderly.

And in our modern globalized world, we see that we are much more similar to each other than we are to others. The challenges of dealing with Japanese or Chinese business partners can be overcome, but they cannot be denied. Continental Europeans have different foibles, different goals and different priorities from ours, as well as importantly different legal and constitutional challenges. The arrival of President Trump reminds us of just how different from us many parts of the U.S. really are, and always have been.

Furthermore, while the U.S., the EU and China can all make valuable trading partners in their different regions, each CANZUK state that encounters them is regionally overmatched and, standing alone, will inevitably be dominated. Working together though, exploiting our natural affinities and the world of mass communication, high-value services and rapid transit, CANZUK can allow us stand our ground and project our own values and agendas.

The post-Cold-War alliances and assumptions are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU will soon lose one of its largest members. Trump might downgrade NATO, abandon the WTO and even diminish the UN. It’s tempting, in a world of change, to try to cling to as much of the old certainties as possible. But if we look up and out, something new beckons. Free trade, free movement and a new security partnership between countries of shared culture and natural affinity. CANZUK is the global deal of tomorrow.

Dr. Andrew Lilico, born in New Zealand but based in London, is executive director and principal of Europe Economics, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and chairman of the IEA Monetary Policy Committee.

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  December 15, 2018.  Updated:  October 2, 2019.
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

Iran’s Nuclear Program – Made in AMERICA

As talking heads in the news media still debate the actual terms of the¬†Iran nuclear agreement that President Obama pushed through in July 2015 –¬†we wanted to advise some of you and remind the rest¬†where this¬†Iranian nuclear program came from in the first place.

We¬†not going to take time to debate the pros and cons¬†of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, nor question¬†the 2012 U.S. intelligence reports stating Iran had no nuclear capabilities¬†or¬†the opposing¬†2012 Israeli reports that¬†Iran was “6-7 months”¬†away from a bomb. ¬†We won’t even look into the reasons why the U.S just implemented a European shield in May 2016 against the very Iranian missiles we were told this agreement protected us from in the first place.

We just wanted you to know that the Iranian nuclear program, as Bruce Springsteen so powerfully rocked it, was born in the U.S.A.


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America’s anguish with¬†the¬†Iranian nuclear program is hard to understand, when the facts clearly show that Washington exported nuclear technology to Tehran in the first place.

Russia may have become Iran’s best nuclear supplier since the 1979 Revolution, but, in the earliest days of Tehran’s flirtation with the atom, it was the Eisenhower Administration that provided encouragement, equipment, funds and uranium to kick-start an Iranian nuclear program.

An instructive timeline of America’s shifting views towards the Iranian Atom (compiled by the Iranian Website Alakhbar) details this curious history.

The Shah of Iran greets President Eisenhower at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on December 14, 1959. (Credit: Unknown)
The Shah of Iran greets President Eisenhower at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on December 14, 1959. (Credit: Unknown)

Beginning as far back as the 1950s, the US was busy promoting nuclear power around the world and one of the nuclear industry’s first clients was Iran ‚Äď then under the control of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a pro-Western despot who held power through the brutal excesses of his secret police, the Savak.

133 million of these “Atoms for Peace” stamps were printed by the U.S. Postal Service, in honor of President Eisenhower’s 1953 speech to the U.N. (Credit: Mystic Stamp.com)

In December 1953, President Eisenhower, trying to shed the image of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the world’s consciousness, stood before the United Nations and pledged to find a way to use the incredible discovery of nuclear power for peaceful means, in his famed speech “Atoms for Peace”.

In 1957, under his¬†“Atoms for Peace” program, the US inked a civilian nuclear development deal with Iran. Three years later, the US sold a small research reactor to Iran. After the reactor went online in 1967, Iran signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In 1970, the US (joined by France and Germany) began negotiations for the construction of as many as 20 nuclear reactors inside Iran. The “nuclear superpowers” also reportedly discussed establishing an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Little proof today exists of this supposed plan by¬†Washington for an Iranian bomb program but it certainly heard a lot about Iran’s civilian nuclear power program. ¬†The Shah had an incredibly progressive plan to build up to 23 nuclear reactors by 2000.

Construction of the first Iranian reactor, the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, in the 1970s. (Public Domain)
Construction of the first Iranian reactor, the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, in the 1970s. (Public Domain)

And it was as a result of this aggressive program of building nuclear power plants in Iran that we found¬†Iran’s despotic and tyrannical Shah starring in a string of eye-grabbing nuclear power ads in the USA, as seen above.

The Shah Loves Nukes So Why Don’t You?

The advertising campaign was backed by large energy companies like Westinghouse and General Electric and the ads carried the names of burgeoning nuclear operators from across several East Coast states.

The ads, which began to appear in the early 1970s, bore the slogan “Nuclear Energy. Today’s Answer.” Small print at the bottom identified the sponsors: Boston Edison, Eastern Utilities Association, New England Power Co., Public Service Co. of New Hampshire, New England Gas and Electric Companies.

The ads featured a striking photo of the Shah, in all his embroidered, beribboned, imperial splendor, epaulets ablaze and medallions aglow. Hovering over his photo was the phrase: “Guess Who’s Building Nuclear Power Plants.” Notice, there was no question mark at the end of the sentence because there was no question about the message.

The Shah of Iran is sitting on top of one of the largest reservoirs of oil in the world,” the ad copy began. “Yet he’s building two nuclear plants and planning two more to provide electricity for his country. He knows the oil is running out ‚Äď and time with it.”

It reads today like an Earth Day message delivered by a well-meaning nuclear industry that wanted nothing more than to save the world from a plague of oil spills, pollution and global warming. ¬†But the real message wasn’t about the shortcomings of fossil fuels, it was about the abiding fear of atoms.

The Shah “wouldn’t build the plants now if he doubted their safety,” the ad copy read. “He’d wait. As many Americans want to do.” But the message was clear – the Shah was wiser than the average American. “The Shah knows that nuclear energy is not only economical, it has enjoyed a remarkable 30-year safety record.

Two major problems with the ad – yes, the Shah WAS “building” reactors, but they were never “built” as long as he lived. And they were never built by American companies – German contractors got that honor. ¬†When the Iranian Revolution began in 1979, the first reactor was 85% complete, the second 50%, and the Ayatollah’s proclamation that the project was¬†“un-Islamic” stopped construction. ¬†The project wasn’t completed by new contractors from¬†Russia until 2009!

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First atomic bomb test, near Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 16, 1945. (Credit: Encyclopedia Britannica)

The¬†30-year “safety record” of nuclear energy also included little historical footnotes like:

  • The first atomic tests at Alamogordo,
  • The two bombs that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nakasaki, killing up to 246,000 people, and
  • Years of above-ground nuclear bomb tests that spread fallout around the world.

Leaving aside those footnotes, the advertising copy pressed on to argue that atomic power’s safety record was “good enough for the citizens of Plymouth, Massachusetts, too. They’ve approved their second nuclear plant by a vote of almost 4 to 1. Which shows you don’t have to go as far as Iran for an endorsement of nuclear power.

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But the Shah wasn’t in the nuclear game just to keep the lights on in Tehran someday, somewhere over the rainbow. There was more to it. ¬†The Shah tipped his hand in 1974 when he boasted to a French reporter that he expected to be “in possession of a nuclear bomb much sooner than is believe” (sic).

President Gerald Ford publicly supported the Shah’s nuclear ambitions, as did his White House henchmen Dick Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld and Henry Kissinger who served as the Shah’s nuclear lobby in Washington.

By 1978, relations between Washington and Tehran were so cozy that the US bestowed its “most favored nation” status on the country, which allowed Iran to undertake the reprocessing of nuclear fuel (a sure pathway to acquiring “weapons-grade” uranium).

The Shah’s nuclear ambitions were never realized, however. In 1979, a popular revolution toppled the Shah and the hated Savak. The country’s new leaders terminated the nuclear pacts with the West and ordered the nuclear program shut down for religious reasons.

So clearly,¬†while some say that they cannot take credit or blame for where Iran’s nuclear program is today (which is debatable after¬†the signing¬†of this Iran nuclear agreement), America started Iran’s nuclear ball rolling. ¬†We pray to God that it never actually becomes full realized.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted April 14, 2016.  Updated October 16, 2016

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“Is There Anyone Left Standing With Israel?”

by Calling Out Community, Posted July 20, 2015

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution establishing a monitoring system for Iran’s nuclear programme. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution establishing a monitoring system for Iran’s nuclear programme. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

This morning it was announced that the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to adopt the Vienna Agreement, which allowed Iran to operate sanctions-free, while paying lip service to its agreements to not develop nuclear weapons.  I will be going into more depth in the days ahead on this agreement, and how it looks on the surface to be actively / intentionally created to betray the people of Israel.

President Obama (I use the title loosely here, for I believe he is a traitor and trust America someday sees how he has led them toward complete ruin) smugly told Israel today that suddenly they have “no truer friend” than the United States – but through his Secretary of Defense, visiting Israel this morning.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, center, and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) 91st Division Commander Moni Katz, right, view the Hula Valley from the Hussein Lookout near Kiryat Shmona, Israel, Monday, July 20, 2015.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, center, and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) 91st Division Commander Moni Katz, right, view the Hula Valley from the Hussein Lookout near Kiryat Shmona, Israel, Monday, July 20, 2015.

Obama¬†himself will likely not be caught dead in Israel from now to the end of his term and he’d be wise not to. ¬†And of course the Defense Secretary’s¬†speech was full of all the typical bravado and promises and assurances – it was also delivered almost simultaneously as the United Nations votes to put this nonsensical agreement into internationally-ratified law. ¬† Pre-meditated scheduling?

On one of the Israeli news sites this morning, I saw a posting by a man named “Mustafa”, which I know to be an Arabic name. ¬†His sentiments were clear – and I admit, when I first read the sentence, I got an instant lump in my throat, as I stood on a crowded train on the way to my Downtown office.

He said simply, as a representative cry from the hearts of Israelis – both Jewish and Arab alike:

“Is there anyone left who will stand with Israel?

I want to share my reply to his posting with you – not just because I believe it to be true, but because we need to see the bigger picture, and not allow the 24-hour news cycle to discourage us:

God evens out the sides, no matter how weighed against Israel
God evens out the sides, no matter how weighed against Israel

Mustafa, I am with Israel, as are literally millions of Christians – Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox – who believe with all our hearts that Israel is God’s chosen people. ¬†Though you today seemingly have been betrayed in the eyes of the world, know that you have one Friend who stands above the rest. ¬†For today, the One¬†True God stands with you – the¬†same One who stood with Joshua as the¬†ancient walls of Jericho were flattened, and who¬†stood with IDF in modern times, destroying the Egyptian Air Force in minutes and forcing a surrender – and eventual decades-long peace treaty – between the two most powerful nations in the Middle East – Egypt and Israel. ¬†Your nations have together shown that anything is possible – don’t despair. ¬†

images (1)Stand still, Israel, and see the salvation of your God today. ¬† And know that in a very real and practical way, there are many of us who would consider it an honour to take up arms to defend Israel against possible invaders – even to the death. ¬†We will never allow the enemies of Israel to overrun her. ¬†You are the Apple of God’s Eye and we love you. May God bless the State of Israel and the people of Israel.”

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Canada and Her New(er) Best Friend

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted June 30, 2015. Updated November 12, 2015.

imageAs we approach Canada Day 2015 tomorrow, I think it is very fitting that we take a moment to review who our real friends are in the world today – and as we do, one nation stands out with a very close, productive and mutually beneficial relationship that she and Canada enjoy, fostered with considerable care and attention over the last decade of the Harper Conservative government. That nation… is Israel.

If you thought I was going to say “the United States”, you’d be dead wrong. The last 8 years of the Obama administration took care of that friendship – at times like sisters, today we are more like roommates that would love to find somewhere else to live, if it were possible to break our lease and relocate on short notice. You know the type – that roommate that leaves us to clean up their messes, is loud and brash at the worst possible times, embarrassing us in most social occasions, and when she doesn’t pay her bills on time, we are negatively affected as well.

Tomorrow, Canadians from the Pacific to the Atlantic to the Arctic Oceans celebrate the 148th Birthday of our homeland – Canada Day (July 1) – with a national statutory holiday mid-week! In the midst of all the barbecuing, sunshine, firework displays, face painting, flags and parades, we at 1MII wanted to share some of the unique stories, events and people that have made Canada and Israel such close friends today:

  • According to a May 11, 2015 Jewish Press article, Canadian Prime Stephen Harper is
    Prime Ministers Stephen Harper of Canada and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet and greet in Ottawa, 2012
    Prime Ministers Stephen Harper of Canada and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet and greet in Ottawa, 2012

    unarguably the most pro-Israel head of any government in the world“. Wow, now that is actually something we can be proud of.

  • Israel, as I’m sure you are aware, is under attack from every side by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, started and fostered by the Palestinian government Hamas. Israel is the ONLY country in the world facing this misguided attempt to harm the Israeli economy and force them to better treatment for Palestinians – yet it’s the Palestinians themselves who have been suffering as their evonomy is almost solely connected to that of Israel. Canada, recognizing that this BDS movement is anti-Semitic In nature and is a direct attack on Israel’s right to exist, had been working tirelessly to update our Canada-Israel Free trade agreement to cement¬† our ties with Israel.
  • According to the 2013 World Jewish Population Report, Canada has the 4th largest Jewish population in the world, numbering over 378,000. Only Israel, the United States and France are larger
  • A Hasidic Jewish family shopping in Montreal, Quebec
    A Hasidic Jewish family shopping in Montreal, Quebec

    The Jewish population of the city of Toronto, Ontario (185,000) alone would be Israel’s 5th largest city if located there – and is in the top 15 largest Jewish populations in the world by city.

  • Over 250 Canadians immigrated to Israel in 2012 – the 6th largest group in the world, ranked by country of origin. Nearly 20,000 Canadian citizens currently live in Israel
  • One of the more interesting agreements signed between Israel and Canada was the March 2005 Canadian Space Agency ‚Äď Israeli Space Agency MOU for Space Cooperation to “seek to develop advanced applications in satellite communications and position both the Canadian and Israeli space sector to play a significant role in this growing global market.”
  • Muslim Mayor of Calgary Nenshi and Jewish Mayor of Edmonton Mandel, November 2013
    Muslim Mayor of Calgary Nenshi and Jewish Mayor of Edmonton Mandel, November 2013

    Only in Canada: At the November 7, 2013 farewell dinner for Stephen Mandel, popular Jewish Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta (2004-2014), the keynote speaker was Naheed Kurban Nenshi, popular Muslim Mayor of Calgary, Alberta (2010-present). In the hilarious, deeply personal and touching farewell address, the Muslim mayor called his Jewish counterpart and friend “my political rival, but a great leader and a great mentor to me…and an incredible leader of this amazing and incredible city”. Religion does not always have to divide.

  • haifa-29novCanada was one of the 33 countries that voted in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which led to the establishment of the State of Israel – despite heavy pressure from Great Britain on Commonwealth countries to abstain from voting
  • The capital city of Canada, Ottawa, has been officially a sister city to the largest metropolitan area in Israel, Tel Aviv (where 42% of Israeli’s live) since 2010. Other Israeli cities with Canadian sister cities include: Beersheba (Montreal, QC and Winnipeg, MB), Eilat (Toronto, ON), Petah Tikva (Laval, QC), and Ramla (Vaughn, ON)
  • Because of Canada’s immense size, it’s population density of 3.7 people/sq.km ranks it 230 out 244 countries. Israel is the 24th densest nation on earth with over 380 people/sq.km. – 100 times more dense than Canada.
  • Canada’s number 1 import from Israel: pharmaceuticals. So one could say (tongue in cheek) that a strong relationship with Israel is actually good for our health!
  • Canada signed a free trade agreement with Israel in 1997. Since then, trade (in Canadian dollars) between the two countries has tripled.¬† Again, one could state¬† without opposition that a stronger relationship with Israel is good for our wallets too!

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