After lengthy debate on a referendum to become an independent nation, the voters of Scotland - well, just over 55 per cent them - voted to maintain their 307-year-old union with England and remain as part of the United Kingdom last week.
We were told all along by the polls that the ‘no’ vote would ultimately prevail, and it did with Scots opting to stick with what they have known for centuries.
However, if media reports are accurate, despite the loss, some Quebec separatists have taken the result of what took place last week in Scotland as an indication that a similar movement may have more traction now than it did in 1995.
In truth, it would probably have less.
While the Scottish campaign did make good use of social media platforms to get their point across, it will likely take more than a few clever tweets and Facebook posts to get over the hump to sovereignty that the Parti Quebecois has long clamored for.
The most recent provincial election in Quebec handed a majority to the Liberal government, and the last federal election landed the Bloc Quebecois less seats than the average car. But, there will always be those looking to dig up old causes such as a sovereign Quebec, no matter how futile. It just so happens that now the cause is all but lost.
There will always be those screaming for an independent Quebec, but thankfully they appear to be drowned out by those who recognize that things are better together.
To the Editor,
On Aug. 26, the Cruisin’ Classics Car Club hosted our 2014 Appreciation Cruise-In at Emmanuel Community Church. With weel over one hundred luck-of-the-draw prizes, 10 special prizes and 229 classic vehicles, the event was a great success.
Participants and visitors alike were encouraged to contribute non-perishable food, paper products and/or cash to Operation Scugog. As a result of everyone’s generosity, we filled two trucks and donations totaled $804! This is in addition to the $145 and another truckload of paper products collected by the club in the spring.
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the church, the 16 themed sponsors, our weekly and corporate sponsors and all participants. Without your support we could not have had such a prosperous cruise-in season. Mother Nature, however, could have been a bit more cooperative.
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2015, we would like to extend an open invitation to you and everyone in the community with an interest in 1989-and-older classic vehicles to join us on Tuesday evenings from May to August. Over the winter, visit our web site at cruisinclassics.blogspot.ca.
President, Cruisin’ Classic Car Club