The growing tensions between the B.C. and Alberta governments over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has led to a farcical invasion of Fernie.
In response to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s speech Thursday, #MarchOnFernie began trending online.
Notley said there will be consequences for British Columbia over the province’s latest efforts to hinder the expansion of the oil pipeline.
Listened to Notley’s speech: “There must be consequences.
I’m like, “Aw, hells yeah, Premier! LET ME LEAD THE MARCH ON FERNIE!!!!”#ableg
— Jay Guevara (@DrJayDrNo) January 31, 2018
A fervor sparked on Twitter, with users joking troops were being rallied in each province, playing off BC and Albertan stereotypes, and some even went as far as saying there should be a wall built between the Western Canada neighbours.
Obviously suggesting the other province would pay for it.
— JeffCouillard (@jeffcouillard) February 1, 2018
As of Friday afternoon, hundreds of people had used #MarchOnFernie on Twitter.
B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said Tuesday that the province plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.
To #MakeAlbertaRectangleyAgain, we redraw border straight through Clearwater. That way, we get Sun Peaks, Kelowna & Penticton without having to put up with any of Kamloops’ nonsense. Instant economic diversification! It all starts with Fernie. #MarchOnFernie
— Mimi Williams (@MimiMostLikely) February 1, 2018