Scotland and Quebec: One already a country, one not

Animated-Flag-Scotland-1As the referendum in Scotland approaches this week, many in Canada are comparing it to the independence referendums held in Quebec, in which the No side triumphed both times.

But as my g/f, who was born and raised in Scotland, points out, there really isn’t much to compare: Scotland is already a (legal) country; Quebec isn’t.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have no opinion on the referendum in Scotland, even though my father’s side of the family came from that country. I was born and raised in Quebec. But I have always felt a tug on my heartstrings when Scotland is mentioned, and when I hear bagpipes . . . and when I watch the Monarch of the Glen series on Knowledge TV, which is pretty corny sometimes, but often leaves me in tears. Go figure. I guess Scotland is my genes, and some day I hope to go there with my g/f.

I invite readers to share their thoughts about Scotland . . .

— Jillian

9 thoughts on “Scotland and Quebec: One already a country, one not

    1. The motivation is a romantic nationalism. Scotland is a country linked to England by geography and history but with clear legal, educational but not economic boundaries. They think oil will replace the economic ties to England. However, there is a reason so many Scots emigrated to Canada, life is hard there. Cutting ties to England will not change the weather, lack of resources etc. Scotland may become wealthier more outside rather than inside economic Britain. However, unlike Quebec, it is a country and they are simply tweaking their relationship to England not creating an entirely new geographical, political and economic relationship as Quebec would have to do.


      1. Nous sommes une nation. I’m QS, not PQ or ON, and I hated the charter stuff, but Québec is definitely a nation with its own history and culture – which must include and welcome others.


  1. That is extremely offensive. We are every bit as much a nation as Scotland is, and alas few Scots speak Gaelic or Scots any more.

    Even the way land is parcelled out here is very different from neighbouring English Canadian provinces.

    I’m all for your sexual identity self-determination, and think you should have more respect for national self-determination and the Québec nation, and the Indigenous nations on this territory as well.


    1. Maria, I’m sorry if you were offended. I am a sovereignist. But the reality is, Quebec is not considered to be a country by the world, whereas Scotland is.

      Anyhow, this is not meant to be a discussion about Quebec, but rather, about Scotland.


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