This, amazingly enough, is news:
Chuck Davidson, vice-president of policy at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, sounded giddy, like he was sitting on a winning lottery ticket or had placed money on the Argos to capture the Grey Cup.
“It is like Christmas has come early,” he gushed.
Christmas in this case is a 395,671 square-foot IKEA that opens its doors in Winnipeg Wednesday, a much-ballyhooed and long-awaited retail arrival that has locals clucking with civic pride.
Mr Davidson, if you want people in Toronto to stop making fun of you, please get a grip. It's a furniture store. Etobicoke has an IKEA. Most people outside of the GTA have no idea where Etobicoke is. Many people who live in Etobicoke don't know that they live in Etobicoke. It's a place so unfashionable that Rob Ford represented one of its northern wards for years. Yet it has an IKEA.
Winnipeg used to be the third most important city in the country. A vital link in our national chain.
Now you're gushing over reasonably priced bookshelves. For the good of Canada, please show some self-respect.