Thursday, April 28, 2005

Tear Me Down

Peter Rempel points to imaginative speculation on what I think is more properly called a 'post-Canada' Canada: What might a grand Canadian breakup look like? Jim Dunnigan and I, in the 1991 edition of "A Quick and Dirty Guide to War," played speculative cartographer and redrew Canada's political map. Here's a thumbnail sketch of that analysis: Say Quebec does become a separate European-style nation-state -- a "people" with cultural, linguistic, religious and historical identity (never mind the objections of Mohawk and Cree Indians living in Quebec). Quebec has the people and resources to make a go of it, though the economic price for its egotism will be stiff. British Columbia also has "nation-state" assets: Access to the sea, strong industrial base, raw materials and an educated population. Oil-producing Alberta might join the United States and instantly find common political ground with Alaska, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. Canada's struggling Atlantic provinces might find statehood economically attractive and extend the New England coastline. A rump Canada consisting of "Greater Ontario" -- with remaining provinces as appendages -- might keep the maple-leaf flag aloft. As for poor, isolated Newfoundland: Would Great Britain like to reacquire a North American colony? Hey, I've got no problem with any of that. (Just so long as I have a chance to move to one of the theoretical states-to-be before everything's finalized, of course.) I have to agree that parts of this analysis seem like a stretch, especially extending New England. Becoming states likely wouldn't be as profitable for the Atlantic provinces as even attachment to a reduced central rump based around Ontario; officially being part of the US is a privilege (look, for example, at the periodic requests of some Puerto Rican politicians for statehood), not something that would or should require continuous federal bribery, which makes economic reasons for doing so seem specious. How much pork could new states really expect their representatives in Washington to bring home? If any provinces were to join the US, my money would be on BC, as an appealingly California-like mini-nation with a similar political mix of left and right. (Via Rempelia Prime.)


Blogger The Tiger said...

Small factcheck -- Puerto Rico has actually rejected statehood twice by referendum. People like the status -- American citizens who don't pay federal taxes.

4/28/2005 04:41:00 PM  
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