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  • Free movement proposed between Canada, U.K, Australia, New Zealand

    When James Skinner moved from the United Kingdom to Australia, he fell in love with Melbourne, landed a great job, met a great group of friends, settled down in his new home — only to leave because permanent residency was much harder to obtain than he anticipated.

    Skinner, who now lives in Vancouver, says he fears the same experience could happen again.

    "We are virtually the same people," he told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff, referring to countries within the Commonwealth.

    "The only thing that divides us is the cover of our passports."

    Skinner, who is the founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization, is calling on politicians in Canada, the U.K.,

    Australia and New Zealand to loosen restrictions on visas and work permits between the four countries.


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    Free movement between Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand unlikely

    A proposal to allow for the free movement of people between Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia might be an interesting idea, but don’t expect to see a change any time soon.

    Such a system would require hammering out details beyond simply removing visa and work permit restrictions.

    The idea seems popular based on the reaction to a story posted earlier this week outlining the goal of the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization.

    Out of 67,000 people who voted in a poll attached to the story, more than 90 per cent said they were in favour of the idea.



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      Weak loonie pushes Canadian travel to lowest level in more than 4 years

      Canadians took only 4.8 million trips to other countries in February, Statistics Canada says, the lowest monthly total we've seen since October 2010.

      The data agency reported that the decrease was largely because of a big drop-off in the number of same-day car trips to the United States, which were down 7.1 per cent to two million trips. The volume of Canadians travelling to other countries outside the U.S., meanwhile, was relatively stable at 889,000 trips.