Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2007
You couldn't make this stuff up.
This has a wonderful "Passport to Pimilico" air to it.
Frank Bryan, a professor at the University of Vermont who has championed the cause for years, said the cachet of secession would make the new republic a magnet.
"People would obviously relish coming to the Republic of Vermont, the Switzerland of North America," he said.
"Christ, you couldn't keep them away."
I note that they want independence, not to join Canada. Oddly whenever we in the west talk about leaving Canada the option to become the next State always seems to top the agenda. I am not sure we need Vermont. Though in the spirit of geographic tidiness there's a big chunk of Maine that should be ours - and at least the Alska panhandle if not the whole state. In conversation on just this topic yesterday, someone said to me he wants Point Roberts as well but that's silly. Where would we go for cheap gas?