There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about Albertans and while some of them are funny and quasi-true, there are others that we find downright offensive.

People across Canada paint us as a bunch of gun-toting, oilsands-bathing, horse abusing, racist rednecks, when that could not be any further from the truth.

Named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of the Marquis of Lorne, Alberta is a multicultural province with a rich (albeit relatively short) history. Yes, we have been partial to conservatism for a while, sometimes our politicians say/do really dumb things and we have a penchant for cowboy culture - but that is where the generalities end.

So, with all that in mind, here are a few things one shouldn't ask an Albertan.

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  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau.. Wasn't he great?

    Uh. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Energy_Program" target="_blank">No comment.</a>

  • Ooooh. You must be rich.

    We do ok, thank you. But not everyone makes the dough the province is known for.

  • How can you support the oilsands?

    Just because we live in Alberta doesn't mean we support the oilsands, just like not everyone outside Alberta hates the oilsands either.

  • Alberta sucks because it's so cold.

    It's a DRY cold. And we make up for the cold with <a href="http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_Alberta_called_sunshine_province" target="_blank">constant sunshine</a>.

  • You must love Stephen Harper. You ARE a Conservative, right?

    Not everyone in this province is a Conservative. Remember all those Easterners that move here?

  • Do you know Mike from Canmore?

    No. But if we meet him, we'll tell him John from Toronto says "hi."

  • You know, a PST would solve all your problems...

    We'll pass, thanks.

  • You must know how to ride horses really well.

  • Alberta's just flatland, isn't it?

    Seriously? Come visit us. We'd love to take you on a tour of some of the most majestic, soaring peaks in Canada.

  • How high is your truck jacked up?

    High enough to drive over the other cars.

  • Do you have those testical things hanging from your bumper?

    If it were up to us, they'd be illegal by now.

  • I bet you don't know how to swim.

    Just because we don't have a lot of lakes doesn't mean our community centres don't offer swimming lessons.

  • Everyone in Alberta is racist/redneck/bigot.

    Nope. And most would argue Albertans we are a nice and open-minded bunch.

  • What? You're a vegetarian?!? But you live in ALBERTA.

    You know they don't <em>force us</em> to eat Alberta beef, right?

  • Did you grow up on a farm?

    Nope. Only <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/demo62j-eng.htm" target="_blank">18 per cent of the population live in rural areas</a>.

  • The Calgary Flames are the worst team in the NHL.

    We know...uh, er, um....it's a GROWING season.

  • The Edmonton Oilers suck.

    Hey! They're not nearly as bad as the Flames!

  • Alberta needs more Ottawa.

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