Grandmas Are Friendly. Our Grandmas Treat Us Well. We Love Our Grandmas Dearly. But No One Young Wants To Live Around A Bunch Of Grandmas All The Time.
But let's not be too hasty about heading back to "Friendly Manitoba". Don't get wrong, it's better than "Manitoba: Better Than A Poke In The Eye", "Manitoba: Still Saskatchewan's Big Brother (Til 2010 or 11 fingers crossed)" or "Manitoba: The Other White Meat". However, "Friendly Manitoba" isn't exactly going to inspire folks to come live and invest here. It doesn't really make you think, "Hell yeah! Now that's the place to be!"
In the end, being known for being friendly above all others traits is a fast track to becoming the Ned Flanders of the world.
Even the most earnest, love-their-neighbours, Wosley-ish hippie people want just a little bit of edge and a dose of cool in the place where they choose to live.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, we're suffering from a real provincial mindset here in Manitoba. Readopting "Friendly Manitoba" would be just another symptom of that malaise.*
* - Unless we want to be just another provincial burb, forever destined to be a periphery player in the country, least of all the world. But if that is the case, let's a least have a debate about that direction, because that's certainly where we are headed under the current status quo.