Should Ireland seek to leave the EU and join Canada instead?

Nitrogen

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Here is an interesting idea;
Should Ireland seek to leave the EU and join Canada instead?

The BBC have picked up on the idea of some Canadian academic (with Scottish ancestry presumably) who has suggested that Scotland should leave the UK for Canada.
Scotland could leave the UK, and join Canada instead, says author - BBC News

Whatever about Scotland becoming the 11th Canadian province, should we in Ireland consider applying to be the 12th?
Sounds like a daft idea at first and the ramblings of some sentimental emigrant; but think about it;
• Culturally we have more in common with Canada, especially Newfoundland, than we have with continental Europe.
• It is one of our primary emigration safety valves, and English Speaking (well mostly),
• True, the historical Scots connection is probably stronger, there being no Canadian province called Nova Hibernia for instance, but the links aren’t trivial either.
• Was there not even a small Irish speaking community somewhere in Newfoundland until recently (or am I confusing it with Scots Gaelic). And are the Pro12 rugby not toying with the idea of adding a Canadian side.
• Canada is a bit of a geographical hodge-podge already. One or two more far flung provinces would make little difference. Ottawa to Vancouver is approx. 2200 miles; Ottawa to Dublin 3000 (same order of magnitude).
• They’re even into seemingly pointless bilingual signage, we’d fit right in.

There would be downsides of course.
They may not want us for starters, and there’s all that commonwealth / Queen business which they (the Canadians) go on about, not to mention the trickier problem of what to do with the North…but if Scotland were coming too, then both sides up there might be happy to come along.
 


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Why does Ireland have encouraged to be subserbient to some big brother who will take us under their wing ?

Is this a manifestation that we will not get our sh1t toghether ?

And that we could not even be bothered trying to better organize ourselves ?
 

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Well, I suppose it would be as an alternative to the EU.

We could go for Brexit style isolationism of course, but we don't even have a former empire to fantasise about, so that would require even more grandiose delusions than the English are indulging at the moment
 

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Nah
 

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Why does Ireland have encouraged to be subserbient to some big brother who will take us under their wing ?

Is this a manifestation that we will not get our sh1t toghether ?

And that we could not even be bothered trying to better organize ourselves ?
Exactly. Canada can become a province of ireland.
They can play their hurling in connaght!
 

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I reckon this will get as far as yhe Csnucks finding out that we are going to send over Phil Hogan to hrlp them run their Federation.

And then they not want anything to do with us.

By the way, is it true that the Can Dollar is the effective reserve currency of Iceland ?
 

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What is this fetish for "joining" other countries? I just don't get it.
Coz we are tiny, we are buffeted about too easily by other bigger players on our own. We need some back-up. Would the troika, the EU and the US have fupped us as royally if we were a province of Canada?
Be nice to get their health system too.
 

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Coz we are tiny, we are buffeted about too easily by other bigger players on our own. We need some back-up. Would the troika, the EU and the US have fupped us as royally if we were a province of Canada?
Be nice to get their health system too.
We were fupped by our own before any of these became involved. They're still fuppin' fuppin' us.
 

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Even the Irish language is spoken in Canada

Gaeltacht
Gaeltacht Bhaile na hÉireann or the Permanent North American Gaeltacht, the designated Irish-speaking area in the town of Tamworth, Ontario, Canada
 

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what is closest culturally, linguistically, racially, and ideologically to Ireland ?

Canada

or

Romania, Hungary, Poland, ... and the soon to join Turkey ?

seems like a no brainer to reject the EU and join our friends in Canada. The Duffy's, murphys, dooleys, feeneys, sheeneys, reilly's etc.
 

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I could use the loonie and the twonie!
 

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There is not enough political corruption in Ottawa for Ireland's political party machines.

Brussels has nothing to fear from Canuck competition.

And besides the Mounties always get their man. The cops here would rather write down that the crime never occurred.
 

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Too many Anglo-Americans here already. We don't need a whole other island of them. ;)
 

de valera's' giddy goat

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I don't think so, mind you a Tim Hortons in every Irish town would be most welcome.
 

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We should have a referendum with the choice of regions we could join.

I vote we join up with Disneyland.
 


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