Today I decided to pay my old friend Robin a visit. As an old politico and curmudgeon of these many years, he had something big he wanted to share with me, a vision, in other words, that only a man of Robin’s wide-ranging, clear-eyed experience could think up. He wanted to sell me on the idea that Vancouver island, by all rights, should become Canada’s eleventh province. To that end, Robin and few others of his many associates have gone ahead and formed the Vancouver Island Party as a provincial entity to contest the 2017 election with candidates in all fourteen island ridings. I came away with a sheaf of papers outlining goals, objectives, policies, strategies, maps, and projects. He firmly believes that history, for a number of reasons, is on his side; one, Vancouver island was arbitrarily stripped of its independence back in 1866 and subsequently forced into Confederation against its will in 1871 with only one concession – Victoria became the capital for BC; two, the island has a population and GDP greater than at least three existing provinces; and, most important of all, Ottawa should pay of the provincial debt of $67 billion, a financial break that should allow the new province to build much needed infrastructure for economic development. A short critique of Robin’s big brain idea is that he overestimates the public enthusiasm for provincehood on both sides of the water. While the island economy is prospering, it is mainly in the two hubs of Victoria and Nanaimo. There is great potential to develop LNG and open up new port facilities in Port Alberni in response to new trade initiatives arising from the TPP,  but these are all big maybes. The only way some of these concepts have a chance is for the BC Liberal party – the current government – to adopt some of them as a means for increasing its seat count on the island. Ordinarily, I would have a good laugh at the Robin’s expense because the dream is so outre, but this time conditions are different. While Robin won’t be receiving help from me, I am not dismissing it offhand, what with all unexpected zaniness coming out of the US Election campaign. All said, the NDP, owners of eleven of the fourteen seats,  isn’t doing much for islanders other than promote the need for affordable housing, and the Liberals are loath to invest in ridings that are strongly backed by the unions, so who knows what might happen to Robin’s radical political plans down the road. When it comes to philosophy, he assures me that he favors the pragmatic and libertarian views that allow for flexibility, creativity, independence, and smaller government, all drawn from over sixty years as a conservative junkie. My dreams of a future lie in a different direction to political activism.  I want to pursue interests that enhance my understanding of what it means to be a Christian first who serves the greater needs through acts of faith-based charity; that likely means leaving the world of politicking to others more suited for the big fray intended only for a hardy breed of seasoned dreamers.