Originally Posted by CivicBlues
Combined they don't represent more than 1% of the entire US population or . They are glorified colonies with Senate and House representation -except in the case of Puerto Rico which it pretty much is a colony.
And the entire Atlantic Canada amounts to ~7% of the total Canadian population. Yes, that is 7x more than what Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico is to the US, but comparatively, it is still very small. And don't forget that these places are physically separated from continental US. In the Canadian example, none of the land routes are going to go away, even if Quebec decides to separate.
The bottom line is, Quebec needs the rest of Canada more than the rest of Canada needs Quebec. If it wasn't the case, they would have left the Confederation already. No one in the rest of Canada is saying we need to kick them out, but if they want to leave, I don't think very many people will miss them either.