Sunday, 15 January 2012

Winnipegger uplift

Winnipeggers have traditionally been a dour and fatalistic lot when it comes to their city. Self-deprecation is the defining element of our civic culture1.
But the return of the Winnipeg Jets has led to something of an upswing in Winnipeg pride and enthusiasm.While tempered by disheartening news in our close race with Edmonton for murder capital of Canada, the uplift is still there.

It'll be interesting to see if they upswing in pride leads to an innovative, optimistically reformist attitude replacing civic fatalism or if the civic culture spirals into the worst state of all: complacent optimism.

1 Okay, this is going to be a very anecdotally based post, so take it with a huge grain of salt. This blogger doubts that the Pessimist Club of Winnipeg or Slurpees and Murder are entirely unrepresentative. A April 2011 Probe Research poll, though, indicates that Winnipeggers like their city - but the possibility of an NHL return was in the public consciousness at the time - so it's not entirely inconsistent with this post's thesis.


  1. It really was amazing the high WPG had during the December home game stretch but it appears with the Jets loses and return of winter weather a little bit of bitch has been sneaking back into our outlooks.

  2. This winter's certainly been pretty weird, what with the rapid melting and re-freezing.

  3. Still, I hope ownership's able to turn what was the Atlanta Thrashers into a team Winnipeg can be proud of.