DD linked me to an article about secession in western Canada, and I wanted to add my full support to the people wishing to pursue such a course of action. I say if Canada can break apart so can the U.S.A., just like the U.S.S.R. and that vile and bloody British empire.
I highly recommend the now out-of-print The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau published in 1981. (It can be easily obtained on Half.com.) The author outlines the geographic and cultural boundaries as they existed in North America in 1981 and identifies nine different sections that share enough common characteristics to form the nucleus of separate nations. With almost 25 years having passed since the book came out, it seems that most of the predictions are coming to fruition.
CALGARY (CP) - More than one-third of western Canadians surveyed this summer thought it was time to consider separation from Canada, a poll suggests.
In the survey, 35.6 per cent of respondents from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia agreed with the statement: Western Canadians should begin to explore the idea of forming their own country.
The article ends with:
Pollsters noted that surprisingly, separatist sentiment appeared to run highest among young people - 37 per cent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 were open to the notion of breaking away from Canada.
Support was lowest - 33.7 per cent - among the baby boom generation aged between 45 and 64.
That doesn't surprise me a bit.