As a Canadian born Scot I will be voting YES in the referendum for an independent Scotland. Scots have played key roles in many independent countries around the globe not least in the country of my birth.
I believe it is time for Scots to show that Scotland can be a successful independent nation and display the qualities of leadership, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and egalitarianism that can mark Scotland’s positive contribution to the world. This can best be done as a distinctive independent nation.
Canada was a part of the British Empire and bizarrely it was only during my own adulthood that Canada gained the power to amend its own constitution. Until it gained that power any change that Canadians wanted to make to their constitution had to be agreed by the British Parliament in Westminster.
I want a Scotland that is able to make its own mind up over its future, be that its constitution, economy, international relations and social justice issues like pensions, benefits, tackling poverty and a range of other issues.
Just as I am proud of my Canadian heritage and am proud to live, work and bring-up a family in Scotland. As an independent country, Scotland can become the nation it wants and should be – one that is socially just and outward looking, playing its part in the wider community of nations both for its own people and for the benefit of the international community.
Rob Munn, Rob was born in Canada and lives in Leith he blogs as Leith Notes @ www.leithnotes.blogspot.com
If you agree with Rob, why not show your support and sign the Yes Declaration.