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May 2002

  
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How can a rural population have fair and equal representation of their interests when a majority of elected representatives answers to urban concerns and the interests of big business.

The following table is an attempt to show that policies concerning most of the dominant rural issues are influenced by the decisions made in response to priorities of urban/suburban interests. While policies and strategies are decided in support of urban and centralized financial interests, the effects are borne mostly by the rural population.

One representative for the proposed Eastern Shore riding

Six or more representatives for the Urban/Suburban ridings in and around Halifax

Major Issues:

  • Inshore fishing

  • Forests
    -Private woodlots
    -Wood fibre industry

  • Crown lands

  • Mineral resources

  • Wilderness areas

  • Wildlife sanctuaries

  • Energy resources
    -Wind
    -Sun
    -Natural Gas

  • Transportation
    -Public transportation
    -Roads, highways

  • Communication infrastructure and services

  • Healthcare

  • Education

  • Economic rehabilitation

 

Major Issues:

  • Banking

  • Administration

  • Crime

  • Big industry

  • Franchising

  • Retail shopping

  • High Speed Commuting

  • Waste disposal

  • Other issues supporting urban, financial and industrial interests that have repercussions on the rural population

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

Jurgen Teuwen



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