A federal election campaign is underway in Canada, with one party proposing that Quebec ice its own hockey team at the Olympics and other international competitions.
The Bloc Quebecois, which runs under the banner of Quebec independence, suggests the precedent has been set. "What I've noticed over the years is that in the World Cup of soccer... Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their teams. Same thing in rugby, same thing in other federations for other sports," says party leader Gilles Duceppe.
Notwithstanding the shock waves it would send through Canada, Team Quebec 2005 would look strong in net and at forward, but somewhat thin on defence. The Toronto Globe and Mail take on the story includes a potential roster.
Quebec's number-one center is cool to the idea. "I'm part of Team Canada and Canada as a whole," says Vincent Lecavalier. "I'm proud to be Canadian."
Reader comments on the article include the following from one Ron Levy of New Haven, Connecticut: "I can't believe this is what grown men and women spend their energy debating." You don't know much about Canada, Ron.