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.