Sean Speer on the Growing Disconnect between Rural and Urban Canada
August 3, 2018 | By Piali Roy |
The Toronto Star op-ed states that more empathy is needed to prevent growing rural alienation.
The announcement that Greyhound was cutting many of its bus routes in Northern Ontario and in Western provinces was a shock to those who live in rural communities. Many leaders responded with cries of alarm and despair says Sean Speer, Senior Fellow of Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
“These voices are expressing deeper feelings of anxiety, neglect, and a growing distance — including culturally and socio-economically — from the rest of Canada.
A large body of evidence finds key differences in cultural values, demographic indicators, and economic outcomes between urban and rural Canadians. Where we live is the key determinant of how we think, work, and live. And, as we continue to urbanize, a chasm is growing between urban and rural experiences and perspectives.”
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