I think Alberta has different priorities (I.e. oil) than B.C. and it shows in the polls.
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I'm pretty clueless about B.C. politics but it always seemed to me that BC aligned more with the east than the other western provinces.
The older generation, yes. They do tend to favour that of the East, basically because its been ingrained after so many years of being shut down.... But my generation saw all that and were (as I see it) forced into apathy or extremism..