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View Poll Results: Do you think Canada should have an open border with Australia and NZ?
Yes 15 51.72%
No 10 34.48%
Not Sure/Undecided 4 13.79%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:19 PM
 
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I was thinking about other similar countries in the world to Canada and Australia came to the top of my mind. Then I thought, why can't we have an open border with them and join the already existing Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement with New Zealand?
Canada and Australia have a tremendous amount in common with of course many subtle differences too but generally the relations have been very good between the countries (and NZ too). So, why should we not allow free passage of people between the countries?

I know there is the issue of bringing invasive plants/contaminated food between the two countries but these controls could still be in place. Heck, even within the US and Australia itself, you have to declare the bringing in of produce between states (entry into California from the north and Hawaii from the mainland comes to mind in the US).

So, I ask you do you think it would be a good idea to have Canada join the Trans-Tasman agreement and have open borders with Australia and NZ with regard to movement of people to live and work?
Personally, I think it's a great idea as it will allow Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders more opportunities for all with few if any risks.

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Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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I'd love it. Not sure how much back and forth there would be given the distances between us though.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:37 PM
 
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I'd love it. Not sure how much back and forth there would be given the distances between us though.
True.. but there are direct flights between Vancouver to Sydney and Auckland. Those could be treated as domestic flights.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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I'll second netwit's position.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Well I would love that - but mostly for selfish reasons. Bring on the heat!
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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I am all for it, but in reality, the benefit is minimal considering there are not so many such long and expensive trips in our life time. What do you get in return, a saving of 30 minutes each time?
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I'd be down to share borders with basically any decently forward-thinking country, so yes.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I'd love it. Not sure how much back and forth there would be given the distances between us though.
There's actually an agreement between Canada and a few countries likes Australia and Germany that allow young people to just go and work a year between each other without having a job secured to begin with. It seems popular enough between the just-graduated demographics so I think it would yield at least a little bit of trade.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Canadians used to be able to not only travel freely to Australia and New Zealand, but shared citizenship with Australians and New Zealanders and could settle in either country as citizens. This is because until the late 1940's Canadians, Australians, and New Zealanders were all British subjects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadi...nship_Act_1946
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austra...6_January_1949

So the real question is why Canada, Australia, and New Zealand mutually ended this "perk" when they created their own separate citizenships. I would imagine a Canadian would want to keep the option of being able to settle in Australia if he or she wanted to, and vice-versa. This would have been a cool perk to keep, even as these countries asserted their independence from the British Empire.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:02 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Fine by me, but only as long as they remain as Commonwealth realms.
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