VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As regards identification as a "western" province, B.C. they seem to dance with their own rhythm.
That's according to a new survey by Angus Reid. Chief Executive Officer Sachi Kurl says we seem to have more in common with our neighbors in the south.
"It is a province that looks to the south, the idea of Cascadia – has more to do with the Washington state, with California – indeed with the Pacific, given our very diverse population in BC"
He says relations with provinces like Alberta have weakened over time.
"Three decades ago British Colombians felt they had more to do with Albert," said Kurl. "Of course, Albertans felt they had much more to do with British Columbia than they did today.
Kurl tells us that the shift is caused by great differences in values. "We have seen what has emerged in the pipeline debate and other issues, nor does our sense of a common relationship exist."
What do they have in common? According to the survey, people in the western provinces believe that the federal government is unfairly treated in terms of political influence.