It would be interesting to see Quebec leave. I remember the referendum 10 years ago, and like this article says, they came within one half of one percentage point of succeeding. After Canada's snotty attitude toward the U.S. as of late, it would serve them right to have to go through this (with apologies to any Canadian Freepers out there!!).
I remember reading a lot of interesting articles about "various possibilities" the last time Quebec voted on separation.
One thing I heard was that the Maritime Provinces would be essentially cut off from the rest of Canada if Quebec left. In addition, some of what I read said that in many ways, the Maritimes have more in common with the U.S. states they border, than with the rest of Canada. So, many were theorizing that if Quebec ever secedes, the Maritimes would also secede, and then apply to the U.S. for statehood.
I am not sure if I like this idea or not. If the "dominant culture" in the Maritimes is similar to that of the northeastern United States, then this would basicly mean that we would have three new "blue states" joining The Union, a possibility I do not relish. If they are liberal, then let them remain a part of Canada.
The other possibility I heard was that one of the western provinces of British Columbia or Alberta might also secede if Quebec left. Again, the theory was put forth that under this set of circumstances, the seceding Province would apply to the U.S. for statehood. Of these two provinces, I read (and was told by some Canadians) that of the two, this scenario was more likely with Alberta. I have heard that Alberta is a bit more Conservative, so if they would come into the U.S. as a "red state", that would be OK with me!! In addition, I have been to both Calgary and Edmonton, and they seem to be very nice cities.
Not sure how likely any of the above scenarios would be. Even if no other provinces besides Quebec seceded, it would be interesting to watch Canada come to grips with the situation. Quebec is such an odd Province anyway. But what do you expect from a place where the dominant language is French?!?!
Too true of an otherwise seemingly rational resolution.
Admittance of new states into the Union has always been frought with political considerations like that. Most recently, Alaska (R) and Hawaii (D) were simultaneously admitted into the union so to minimize the effect on national politics. But the same thing went on before the Civil War, when slave and free states were admitted simultaneously.
I don't suppose we could trade a couple of New England states for a couple of the western provinces? LOL!
Annex Canada??, hmm, Alberta, BC, Sasketchewan, Manitoba would provide R-Senators, the Yukon, NW Territories, and Nunavut would be territories (not enough pop), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland-Labrador would be competitive, PEI would provide D-Senators, and I dont want Ontario, let them be Canada.
Three new "blue states" maybe, but marginal blue states at that...most polls suggest Atlantic Canada is the most favorable for Bush (although I don't think it is true, it just comes to show you some surprises that the GOP may be able to come up with)...
If all of the rest of Canada joined the US, Ontario's 20 electoral votes would become one gigantic prize for both parties...