A passenger holds a Canadian passport before boarding a flight in Ottawa on Jan 23, 2007. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)
A multi-national grassroots movement is calling for a new agreement to permit free travel, trade and policy co-ordination between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
CANZUK International says such an agreement would build on the pre-existing socio-economic bonds that the four countries have in common, while strengthening trade, military and diplomatic relations among the proposed member nations.
A petition launched by the organization three years ago has racked up more than 200,000 signatures online.
“This idea is definitely a vote winner,” John Bender, chairman of CANZUK International, told CTV’s Your Morning from London on Wednesday.
Bender says a CANZUK agreement would be an easy fit for Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K., because there are already a number of cultural similarities between the four countries.
“Canada’s head …