British Columbia

Is British Columbia the smug capital of Canada?

If you ask people from around the country how they feel about Vancouver, the stereotypes come rolling in.

New study finds British Columbians overwhelmingly believe the rest of the country respects their province

British Columbians seem to think quite highly of themselves according to a new study from the Angus Reid Institute. (

If you ask people from around the country how they feel about Vancouver, the stereotypes come rolling in.

Just for fun, we put the question to some friends and relatives in other parts of the country.

Here are some of their responses:

"They're so smug, they snap pictures of themselves wearing shorts in mid-December. Then they post the pictures on Facebook and tag their poor, frost-bitten relatives. Sometimes they even add a hashtag that says #coldenoughforyou?"

"They're so cold, you can spend two weeks in their city and no one will say hello. They won't even say 'Bless you!' when you sneeze!"

"They're so vain, they probably think that Carly Simon song is about them."

We get it. We're smug. And now we have the data to prove it.

You respect us, right?

The Angus Reid Institute's new study What Makes Us Canadian? A study of values, beliefs, priorities and identity tackles the issue of national respect.

Less than half of those surveyed in the Atlantic provinces (38%), Quebec (39%) and Alberta (45%) believe their province is respected by the rest of the country.

"Quebec as a result of its cultural differences with English Canada, Atlantic Canada because of its relative size and remoteness, Alberta, over frustrations surrounding economics and energy policy," the report states.

A little over half of Canadians (54%) feel their province is respected nationally.

More than three quarters of British Columbians (77%) say other parts of the country respect their province, which is 15 points higher than second place Manitoba (62%).

Are we really that bad?

Joanne Rumbaua moved from Winnipeg to Langley nearly six years ago.

She says she didn't have much trouble making friends.

"In Vancouver there are a lot of cliques, so it's hard to break through into groups of friends that have been friends for a long time," she said.

"I don't find that people are very cold but maybe they're more reserved or standoffish. I haven't found anyone to be very mean."

Rumbaua is now married with a young son and plenty of friends.

"I find people from Vancouver are pretty friendly," she said.

"The only problem is sometimes, when you're driving and you let someone in, they don't wave."