09/16/2014 10:34 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:54 EDT

Saskatchewan professor says Quebec gives Scottish vote resonance in Canada

REGINA - The head of international studies at the University of Regina says Canadians are showing a lot of interest in the results of Thursday's vote on Scottish independence.

Tom McIntosh tells radio station CKRM that's because of Canada's experience with Quebec separatism.

He says Canadians know what it's like to watch the process, having gone through it in 1980 and 1995.

Citizens of Scotland are voting on whether to become independent and break away from the United Kingdom.

McIntosh says the polls appear to be very close and he can't predict which way the vote will go.

But he says the one thing he has noticed during the campaign is that younger people feel more confident about independence while older people are more likely to vote no.

Anti-independence campaigners argue that separation could send the economy into a tailspin.

The Yes side accuses its foes of scaremongering and says independence will give Scots political control and economic prosperity.