Everyone keeps saying Manitoba is on the outs with its fellow western provinces – excluded from transportation talks and left out of a recent trade barrier deal. Manitoba keeps getting painted as the sullen Goth kid at the back of the class who gives everyone the silent treatment.
Says who? Where’s this coming from? Is it really true? I thought Manitoba was moderately obsessed with removing trade barriers and doing side deals with other provinces. Seems like some boring press release is issued every few weeks touting such things. I dunno about other reporters, but in the Doer days, a familiar pattern began to develop that involved him talking about trade barriers and worker mobility agreements, me thinking "what the hell ARE those things, exactly?" before my eyes glazed over and I started thinking about why some NDP staffer doesn’t smooth down Chomiak’s hair before he goes on camera.
It just doesn’t jive. Until someone shows me a burn book where Alberta and Saskatchewan have written down all the reasons Manitoba is super-lame, I am not taking this too seriously.