Polls have closed in Scotland, where residents have voted to either leave or not leave the United Kingdom – and a ‘Yes’ outcome could leave Great Britain a little less great than it was on Tuesday.
(Head to The Guardian for up-to-the-minute coverage of today’s vote. Quoting organization YouGov, polling is predicted to show 54 per cent saying ‘No’ and 46 per cent stamping ‘Yes’.)
Back in Ottawa, federal NDP MPs were weighing in on today’s vote across the pond (video above).
“I would think it’s obviously up to the Scottish people, but I would love to be with my relatives in Glasgow to catch the hype either way,” said NDP MP Paul Dewar. “I think that they’ve been served well within the U.K. of late. The economy’s done very well.
“Here’s something I do like, is that they’re talking about the removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish territory… I like that argument.”
Dewar did then say, “If it ain’t broke” – a line favouring a ‘No’ resolution.
Of course, many Canadians were drawing the connection between Scotland-England and Quebec and Canada, where there have been two separation referendums in the last 50 years – the last being a razor-thin win for Canadian unity in 1995.
“Very few people – pretty much nobody – seriously thought the Scots had a chance to win,” said potential Parti Quebecois leadership candidate Alexandre Cloutier (The Canadian Press). “I think we have to be prudent, obviously, in making comparisons (to Quebec), but at the same time we must remember where the Scottish independence movement started from.”
The Parti Quebecois is a pro-separatist provincial party.
“Of course it can be a source of inspiration for us,” Cloutier said of the Scottish vote.
“They have been so precise, they have been able to define the project very precisely and I think that’s definitely one of the key elements, one of the reasons that the movement was (supported) by the population and not only by the politicians.”