B.C. Premier Christy Clark is defending Vancouver from the title of being “mind-numbingly boring,” saying that “boring” just means things are running smoothly in the scenic West Coast city.

The dull moniker was doled out in a blog post by The Economist magazine that said cities like Geneva and Vancouver became less interesting as they became increasingly livable.

“What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable to Paris?” the author, who goes by Gulliver, wrote.

The blog said Vancouver is “pleasant” but also “mind-numbingly boring.”

In a response Tuesday night, Clark tweeted: "Relax Vancouver. I get called boring too. It means things work. Besides, can't argue with The Economist. They're experts on boring."


The blog argued that cities like New York and London are losing their sense of adventure and danger as they become more livable.

“The Tube is now far safer and more reliable than it ever was. Walking through the streets of Soho at midnight one isn’t constantly looking over one’s shoulder, worrying about who is following,” Gulliver wrote.

The Economist’s annual livability ranking takes 30 factors into consideration. Apart from crime and ease of transportation, some of the criteria includes health care, culture, education and the environment.

The last report, released in August, listed Vancouver as the third-best place to live on the planet behind Vienna and Melbourne, which took the top spot for the fourth year in a row.

Vancouverites were quick to take to Twitter to discount the magazine's blog post.