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May 2002

  
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Editorials:
•  Fair and Equal RepresentationShip
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• A fresh look at Electoral Boundaries (transcript)

Electoral boundaries based on the number of voters were conceived at a time when this country had a predominantly rural polulation. Today, a growing majority of the population lives in urban centres.

A majority of our elected representatives champion urban concerns, interests, and priorities. The majority of financial, fiscal, economic and social decisions reflect this urban-centered perspective, even as their impact extends to the natural resources of our non-urban regions.

To continue the systematic concentration of political power within a sector of the population that has little interest or understanding of the needs of the countryside that sustains all of us will make it increasingly difficult for rural populations to fulfill their role as the primary stewards in a world where resources are recognized to be finite and uncompromizingly interdependent.

In our 'Ship of State' electoral boundaries define and contain the weight of interests and concerns of the electorate just as the bulkheads in a ship define the nature, the quantities, and the location of cargo. Moving the bulkheads to accommodate shifting cargo will surely sink a ship.

What do you think? Email me or join our discussions on the Highway7 forum.

Jurgen Teuwen



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