The question of Scottish independence will be addressed in a referendum to be held in 2014 – and the “question” is being debated currently.
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, has stated in the Scottish Parliament that the preferred question would be “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” The wording was criticized by the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster, who believed prefacing the question with “Do you agree” is intended to garner a positive response and suggested instead the wording “Scotland should be an independent state: I agree/I disagree”.
Either option is significantly more straightforward than the question posed in the 1980 Quebec sovereignty referendum.
“The Government of Quebec has made public its proposal to negotiate a new agreement with the rest of Canada, based on the equality of nations; this agreement would enable Quebec to acquire the exclusive power to make its laws, levy its taxes and establish relations abroad — in other words, sovereignty — and at the same time to maintain with Canada an economic association including a common currency; any change in political status resulting from these negotiations will only be implemented with popular approval through another referendum; on these terms, do you give the Government of Quebec the mandate to negotiate the proposed agreement between Quebec and Canada?”
Meanwhile the North East of North America continues to hunker down in anticipation of the arrival of the super storm Hurricane Sandy. According to CTV.CA:
The storm has the potential to cause havoc over more than 1,280 kilometres from the East Coast to the Great Lakes and endanger up to 50 million.