Interesting news out of the UK; a loose agreement has been reached to have Scotland vote on independence in the fall of 2014. One interesting side-effect of an independent Scotland would be that the Tories would have a majority in a Scot-free House of Commons.
In the last election in 2010, the Conservatives had only 1 seat out of 59 in Scotland, with Labour getting 41, the Liberal Democrats 11 and the Scottish Nationalists 6. That would take the current Conservative plurality (propped up by the LibDems) to a majority.
Since the next election would be due in 2015 if the current coalition doesn't collapse before then (five years max is the British unwritten rule), that election might be done without Scotland in the mix. The Conservatives don't want to see Scotland go, but it would help them in the long run.
The same could be said in Canada; the ruling Tories struggle in Quebec and would be in a stronger political position without it.