As a grateful citizen of this amazing country, and as a native of Newry, County Down, Ireland, I offer an observation on the recent op ed piece by Mr. Henry Srebrnik of UPEI, for it reiterates a common error concerning the land of my birth.
Put simply, Ireland was divided in the early years of the 20th century in the hope – the vain hope – that the Free State (now the Republic) would fail and return to the care of Mother England, once the Irish realized the error of their ways.
Yes, the Catholic population of the north formed, and form, a minority, but only after three of the counties of Ulster were excised from their sister counties so that an artificial puppet state could be created.
That act can only be compared to the wishes of the PQ, that Quebec become a nation, one independent of the rest of Canada.
History must be read in full context.