Opinion Piece Encourages Albertans Not To Visit B.C.

Travis Fortnum
03/05/2019

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An opinion piece published in a Calgary newspaper over the weekend encourages Albertans to boycott travel to

B.C, claiming the province doesn’t appreciate them.

Written by agricultural advisor Will Verboven, the piece argues that B.C.’s scenery isn’t worth the ‘anti-Alberta attitudes’ residents face while visiting the province.

According to the article, the conflict stems from differences of opinion surrounding the oil industry.

Verboven recommends Albertans head east to Newfoundland and Labrador instead.

CTV Calgary spoke to Calgarians about how they feel about a self-imposed travel ban.

Most were against the idea.

Additionally, CTV Vancouver found most British Columbians were supportive of Alberta.

“At this point,” one Vancouverite said, “we need oil. Bottom line.”

“We want the pipeline,” said another. “We know we need it now.”

Stats from Destination B.C show that Albertans accounted for $1.39 billion of the roughly $11 billion in overnight tourism dollars in 2016.

U.S. visitors accounted for $2.1 billion, while tourists from Asia spent $1.5 billion. 

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