Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Province of Vancouver Island

There are more than a few VanIslanders wondering why we're not a province all unto ourselves.


 If Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island qualify as provinces, why not Vancouver Island?

In area, we're five times bigger than P.E.I. and four times more populous.   Prince Edward Island is the 23rd largest island in Canada.   That's it, a paltry 23rd.

Newfoundland is bigger than Vancouver Island, at least when you tack on Labrador, the 4th largest island in Canada.   But (you knew there was a "but" didn't you?) Vancouver Island's population of 638,000 is substantially greater than Newfoundland and Labrador's meagre 485,000.

In fact, VanIslanders also outnumber the populations of Nunavit, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories plus Prince Edward Island combined and we're catching up on New Brunswick.  BC's overall growth rate is more than double New Brunswick's.

So why in hell should Vancouver Island not be recognized as a Canadian province in its own right?  It's our due.

7 comments:

leftyinparadise said...

Okay, I getcha, but look at it this way..we single-handedly (well, practically) keep the NDP on top in BC...and although I'm usually in agreement with you, I don't know about our own Province...we'd have to work out details like an economy of sorts...maybe we could simply concentrate on tourism, wine, and foodie tours...dunno...
If we could somehow break away and become our own country, well, now you're talkin'! To get out from under all the DFO insanity, Harpo's machinations, NAFTA, etc. would be a like a walk in the sun.....

Dan Moutal said...

Because Vancouver Island is on the west coast, and when lines were first being drawn on the map of Canada it simply wasn't as important as those little islands on the east coast.

crf said...

Because we'd have to finance bc ferries all by ourselves.

The Mound of Sound said...

You all have it wrong. Lefty's right. Provincehood or some form of viable autonomy. Structure Vancouver Island along the lines of the Channel Islands. Guernsey or Sark come to mind. A Canadian tax haven. Get all that money out of the Caribbean and put it to work right here. Too damned many people are coming here on the cheap these days. Time to charge admission, especially as parts of Canada begin to feel the sting of climate change.

Anonymous said...

Why is it people who live else where in Canada cannot state correct information about Newfoundland and Labrador....."Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of 514,536, more than half of which lives on the Avalon ... Articles with unsourced statements from October 2012" That's a differece of 123,464 between both islands...not so meagre now is it? Go for it if Vancouver Island can become a province but be aware, when Newfoundland and Labrador have a beef with the federal government, they have to scream about it. If not, it is not heard in Ottawa. The same could happen to Vancouver Island as the population would be smaller and smaller means to Ottawa "we don't need to listen to you".

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

Kim said...

Put me down for our own country. A tax haven! Wouldn't that be deliciously ironic?