Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alba Gu Brath

In 1995 Quebec nearly voted to secede from Canada.  I trust the Scottish vote yesterday will help Canada stay Canada for the foreseeable future.  I'm in favor of that.

Quebec 1995--From Wikipedia:

Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?
Results
Yes or noVotesPercentage
Yes check.svg Yes2,308,36049.42%
X mark.svg No2,362,64850.58%
Valid votes4,671,00898.18%
Invalid or blank votes86,5011.82%
Total votes4,757,509100.00%
Voter turnout93.52%
Electorate5,087,009

Scotland, September 18, 2014: 

"Should Scotland be an independent country?"

BBC Projection: 7:00 a.m, September 19, 2014 (GMT):  "With 29 out of the country's 32 council areas having declared after Thursday's vote, the "No" side has a 55% of the vote, with the "Yes" campaign on 45%.

Yes check.svg Yes      45%
X mark.svg No       55%

It was formulated as a stark question.  People were debating the effect that formulation of the question might have on the vote.  The Registrar of voters was asked to remove an initial formulation of "Do you agree that....", which is how the Quebec referendum was written.  In addition, it's noteworthy that the Quebec referendum ('95) was couched in lots of wishy washy, tentative sounding "after having made a formal offer" and "political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec...."  

We'll likely not find out if a different formulation would have affected the outcome.  I trust it will be a while before they get to try with another formulation.  

I know many of our Scottish friends were rooting for "Yes" in this. But it looks like they'll get some more local powers... and, most important, they'll always have this....


and this.... 



and, of course, this....





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