An impromptu visit to Craigellachie, B.C. unlocked memories of Grade 5 social studies classes, watching what felt like years of an adapted Pierre Berton miniseries on the railway saga containing more questionable acting and melodrama than ten-year-olds would ever be able to appreciate. I also wondered at our own seeming lack of a sense of history or respect for deserted Craigellachie. Where were the tour buses? Where were the guides? If this were China, I thought, it would be teeming with camera-ready tourists.
The Northern Gateway is now becoming the National Nightmare. Canada has a new Two Solitudes in the 21st century. The dividing line is not the Ottawa River but the Rockies. It appears that in Alberta -- not just columnists but bloggers and tweeters as well -- seem to believe that if they just yell loud enough, that the people of B.C. will eventually realize their thought errors and join in supporting Alberta's manifest destiny.