August 09, 2005

States 51-54? 55? 56? 57?

Why bother to create a new country, join ours and get lower taxes:

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.

Hmm..., New Brunswick, Nefoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia wouldn't be far behind if it came to pass, would they? Sorry, but the Yukon Territory, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories are just going to have to be absorbed into Alaska. With a combined population of under 100,000, they will not each get two senators and one congressman, and the problems they face with sparse poulations in harsh climates are probably most similar in more respects to those Alaska faces on a regular basis than anyone else. Remember what James L. Petigru said in our secession crisis about his home state, “South Carolina is too small to be a republic, but too large to be an insane asylum." And they had a total population of about 700,000 souls at that time.

Given the decrepit state of Canada's military, what exactly are Ontario and Quebec going to do to stop them if they decide to go? Or would the Quebecois then think that now all they have to do is get rid of Ontario? And with all this discontent, when does the ... gulp ... insurgency begin? I mean, that's what poor oppressed people do, isn't it?

Posted by Charles Austin at August 9, 2005 06:08 PM