I know it isn’t news now, but since I have been busy recently, I’m only now coming around to discussing the Scottish independence vote. Of course, since it has been two weeks no one will take me serious. Therefore, I’m not going to be serious.

Many people around the world watched the vote, but those who have their own separatist agenda were undoubtedly more interested. One such group was the Quebec Sovereigntists.

That got me thinking. Perhaps, the mistake the Scots made is that they didn’t team up with Quebec. Maybe if they joined to form their own country, Scotland-Quebec (or Quebec-Scotland, their choice of course) they could have had success. Scots and Quebecers working together isn’t that far fetched. Consider the contributions of Scottish immigrants to Quebec (see this Wikipedia article on Scots-Quebecer). Have you ever wondered why Montreal’s most famous university has a Scottish name? It is named after James McGill, who was originally from Glasgow.

If these countries do join together, I would like to propose a flag. First, consider the flag of Scotland.

1000px-Flag_of_Scotland_svg

Now, look at the flag of Quebec.

Flag_of_Quebec_svg

Finally, my design. I think you will agree that my design is very logical, combining elements of both flags.

The Flag of SQ

I will leave it to someone else to find a way to combine poutine and haggis.

(The first two flags are from Wikipedia, the last one I created using CorelDraw.)

February 15th is National Flag of Canada Day, a day which doesn’t mean much to Canadians.  I don’t think it is because Canadians don’t like their flag; I think they are just a little suspicious of anything that goes overboard on nationalism.

I had always wondered why the flag was not red, white and blue — the colours of both the French and British flags.  (Not to mention the flag colours of the United States, Russia, Norway, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of China, etc.)  So, after a little research, I have some answers.  Below, I am including links to two versions of how the flag came to be.  The first is from the Government of Canada’s website.  The second is from Don Watt’s obituary in the Globe and Mail.  Yes, the versions are different.

Government of Canada: www.canada.gc.ca/flagday

Don Watt obituary: http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20091231.93218323/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

Below is my interpretation of how the flag might have looked like if red, white and blue were chosen.