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Rural Canada Faces Poverty Crisis

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posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 08:02 AM
Time & time again we hear about the homeless, the working inner city poor, the minorities on minimum wage. Well here is the truth about a poverty crisis in one of the most wealthy countries in the world.
Canadians living outside large cities have become "second-class citizens" in their own country, says the interim report of the Senate committee on agriculture and forestry, and may even be in danger of extinction.
But because all this is happening outside major population centres, it draws little notice from most Canadians, says Mr. Segal. "Rural people tend to get forgotten: they don't get the media or the government attention that problems in the cities do."
And the crisis in the countryside has created a population of rural poor, the study argues, who are worse off than the poor in large cities.
"The rural poor are, in many ways, invisible," the report said. "They don't beg for change. They don't congregate in downtown cores. They rarely line up at homeless shelters because, with few exceptions, there are none. They rarely go to the local employment insurance office because the local employment insurance office is not so local anymore. They rarely complain about their plight because that is just not the way things are done in rural Canada."

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I feel nothing will be done to help the situation because the urban areas have been brainwashed by the liberal media who view the rural Canadians as nothing but country bumpkins, inbred hillbillies, and white trash. This will get no attention from from Canada's elected house of commons because their is no benefit to the Gov'ts re-election campaigns for lack off effective vote but at least Canada's un-elected Senate is addressing the problem.
I see this happenning in Saskatchewan where I live. Our provincial elections are decided by 2 cities; Saskatoon & Regina, the rest of the province throws in it's 2 cents but can't compete with the other 98 cents. People need food to live not investment bankers but look at which of the two is more wealthy.

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