Frank Peebles and his national dream article in your paper has become very annoying to me. When I read the last report on his train trip, I got the feeling one of us was on a bad trip or bad medication and suffering some adverse reactions.
His premises is that the rest of Canada can teach the west about culture, distinctness, oppression, self-togetherness, class, grace, identity, foresight, and future aspirations. Did I miss any fine Eastern qualities we westerners lack Frank?
He complains that westerners whine too much, if not constantly, but he then proceeds to whine about Northern Ontario’s incessant landscape and the ugly parts of Montreal. Frank even doubts our intelligence and our knowledge… “it’s a world Canadians in the west just can’t grasp.” Change your drugs Frank!
Frank “understands that there is a very good, very valid reason why Quebecers feel distinct from the rest of Canada, and oppressed by the federal system.” and he felt the pain experienced by the separatist Lucien Bouchard. Yet Frank labels western complaints about our troubles with Ottawa as “whining”.
Frank adds eastern provinces suffer as well but have the “class” to succeed…” with a culture of grace and industry.” Well, la de da! Not hard to do when you have all the federal political clout and receive the federal dollars and subsidies as a result.
As for his comments that easterners take the time to foster an identity as shown by how they build houses to last and for their great grandchildren as opposed to westerners who build for a quick resale – share your medication and the wisdom of your “years” Frank. I must be too old to see this in myself or to recognize your genius and insight into us poor whining ignorant uncultured westerners.