EDITORIAL: B.C. a special place to live

One of the most anticipated long weekends of the year is finally here – welcome to B.C. Day.

One of the most anticipated long weekends of the year is finally here – welcome to B.C. Day.

Back in 1974 when a newly minted New Democrat government came to power, Premier Dave Barrett thought it would be a great idea to have a day off and celebrate British Columbia.

Good idea, Dave.

His first thought was that it should be a day to recognize the thousands of pioneers who made this province great.

But it has developed into much more than over the ensuing 40 years.

We have, believe it or not, become almost patriotic – and for good reason.

Over the years Canada has been named the best country in the world. Ever wonder how that’s scored?

Do you think they look at Winnipeg (nope)? Resolute (not a chance)? Or, God forbid, Toronto and say Canada is pretty special? Not a chance.

No, they would have to only consider the West Coast. And yes, they need not go any farther than Victoria or Esquimalt to realize you can’t get better than this – anywhere.