Canadians are seen as friendly people on the international stage, but just how neighbourly are we with our fellow patriots across the country?
The Angus Reid Institute looked to answer that question with their most recent study, asking a random sample of 4,024 Canadians from all over the country to speak to their province’s relationship with the other members of the federation.
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What the institute found was that many provinces saw a kinship with their border-sharing neighbours — though there were a few exceptions.
Tensions have been high between Canada’s westernmost provinces, with Alberta and BC being at odds over the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project for the better part of 2018.
Even still, the wild west ranked each other reasonably high on the charts, with BC coming in as third most close with Albertans, and Alberta landing as BC’s number one (though, technically, “none” was BC’s first choice).
Naturally, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba all stuck together, with Alberta and Saskatchewan seeing the closest bond of all provinces at 75% and 77% of respondents viewing the other province as especially close.
A similar kinship was seen between the Atlantic Province, though Alberta was also in the mix as one of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland’s favourite.
Prince Edward Island was omitted from the chart due to too small of a sample size. Sorry, PEI.
Flipping the tables found BC and Alberta actually at odds, with respondents seeing each the other province as less close or friendly towards their own.
57% of Albertan respondents saw BC as unfriendly towards their own province, while 47% of British Columbians though similarily about their neighbours to the east.
The real sore thumb that stuck out, however, was every province’s view of Quebec. More than four in every five Albertans surveyed stated that Quebec was unfriendly towards their province, while views from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and even neighbouring Ontario were around the same — all at more than 50%.
The survey also asked respondents if they thought that there might be one province in the Federation that gets more than they give by being a part of Canada, and the consensus overwhelmingly showed Quebec as that province… even from Quebecois themselves.
Ontario came a distant second, and the Atlantic provinces landed third overall.
Turning that question on its head saw respondents pointing out the province that they felt was giving more than it got by being a part of Canada. Unsurprisingly, Alberta landed at the top of that list, followed by Saskatchewan.
Albertans were the largest proponent to their province getting the short end of the stick by being a part of the country — though both Ontario and Saskatchewan thought the same about their own home turf.