A P.E.I. senator says the Caribbean country Turks and Caicos is interested in twinning with P.E.I. to share best practices and expertise.
Libbe Hubley was one of four federal politicians who recently visited the country on a special exchange. The team was there under the auspices of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
The CPA connects and supports Parliamentarians in an effort to identify standards of good governance and values of the Commonwealth.
Hubley says that includes sharing best practices and expertise. For example, Turks and Caicos doesn't have a Hansard, a written record of what is said in the legislature.
"It would be an ideal start, I think, to look toward the province like Prince Edward Island to get that expertise in how to set up a Hansard. They also don't have a Library of Parliament which now is pretty much a standard amenity to all of parliamentarians, and Prince Edward Island again would be an ideal partner," she said.
'A wide open field'
Hubley says tourism and fisheries are Turks and Caicos's primary industries, but there is no aquaculture and agriculture there, which are areas where P.E.I.'s expertise and investment by Canadian and P.E.I. businesses could spur development.
"Agriculture is a wide open field in Turks and Caicos. Everything that they eat is imported, everything. Now, my mind just blows up when I hear that," said Hubley.
She says officials were interested in the expertise of Holland College's Culinary Institute of Canada and the Atlantic Veterinary College.
Hubley said the Turks and Caicos legislature is preparing a letter for her to deliver to the P.E.I. government to express its interest.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Libbe Hubley is asking the province to consider twinning with the Turks and Caicos. In fact, she says Turks and Caicos has expressed interest in twinning with P.E.I.Feb 22, 2016 12:20 PM AT