TC Media - Atlantic Canada’s historical and cultural ties with Scotland are unlikely to be affected by the outcome of today’s Scottish Independence Referendum.
But people with connections to the old country say they are watching the vote with a degree of concern about the possible consequences of a "yes" result.
More than 90 per cent of eligible voters are expected to cast ballots in answer to the question – Should Scotland be an independent country?
Eleanor Boswell, president of the Caledonia Club of Prince Edward Island, said while she is personally opposed to a Scotland outside of the United Kingdom she doesn’t expect a "yes" vote to change the way Canadians of Scottish descent feel about their homeland.
“We don’t feel the referendum will change how we see our Scottish culture,” said Boswell, whose 150-year-old club promotes and preserves Scottish history, culture and traditions.
“No matter the outcome, we will continue to recognize our Scottish roots and celebrate with events like the highland games, dancing and music.”
Scottish ex-pat Rob Raeside, a geology professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., said the decision may come down to whether Scots follow their heads or their hearts.
“Intellectually it doesn’t make sense to me to have small countries anymore,” said Raeside, who left Scotland almost 40 years ago. “But, emotionally I fly the Scottish flag at home.”
Raeside said he expects little change in the way many things operate if Scotland either stays in the European Union (EU) as part of…