A recent poll conducted by the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics has found that an overwhelming 79% of Manitobans support renaming their province "Ontario West."
A recent poll conducted by the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics has found that an overwhelming 79% of Manitobans support renaming their province "Ontario West."

A poll indicates that Manitobans are tired of being called a “flyover province,” and think a name change will give them the recognition they deserve. Many Manitobans argue that the current name is too difficult to spell and pronounce, and that “Ontario West” rolls off the tongue much more smoothly.

“I just think it’s time for a change,” said Winnipeg resident Sarah Johnson. “We’ve been Manitoba for too long, and it’s just not working for us. Ontario West sounds way cooler and more sophisticated. Plus, it’ll be easier for tourists to remember. I mean, how many times have you heard someone say ‘Manitoba? Is that even a real place?’ It’s time for us to stand out and make a statement.”

Ontario West sounds way cooler and more sophisticated.

Winnipeg resident Sarah Johnson

Some critics have argued that the name change would be confusing, as there is already an Ontario in Canada. However, supporters of the change argue that it would be no more confusing than the current situation, where there are two provinces named “New Brunswick” and “Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The Manitoba government has stated that they will consider the poll results and may move forward with the name change in the near future. In the meantime, Manitobans can be seen proudly wearing t-shirts and hats emblazoned with the new name, “Ontario West.”

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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