Wednesday, September 02, 2009

After four years in office, Harper talks the talk on the economic disaster in Northern Ontario

REPORTER: Good afternoon Mr. Prime Minister. I represent a local youth advocacy group. We are the Sault Youth Association and we publish Fresh Magazine, which is a free publication for local youth, and like many youth, myself included, we couldn't wait to pack our bags and get out of town. And out migration is a definite issue, not only in this community but all northern rural communities, so I'm asking you, in the economic action plan, is there a realistic solution to our problem of losing our youth and our populations decreasing?

RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Well, as you know, we have put, as a government, a big emphasis on rural and regional development. I've said repeatedly wherever I've gone it's essential if we're to take advantage of the strength that truly is Canada, what we have to do is make sure that we have all regions of this country strong and settled and retaining a decent population base. You know, we can't have…I fought long and hard when I was in opposition against what somebody was then calling an agenda for cities. Not because I'm against cities. I happen to be born and raised in the city, but Canada can't be reduced to just two or three or four cities. You can talk about a lot of countries like that. Canada is a big country with a lot of regions, a lot of resources. That's where a lot of our history and a lot of our future is, and that's why we continue through the economic action plan and Minister Clement, through the regional development agency and other things to investigate [sic] in key infrastructure to allow long-term diversified growth in these communities, because that is what we have to have. As I say, we can't have a Canada in the future where everybody just lives in three or four or five cities in this country.


Anonymous said...

With Greyhound threatening to pull its bus service out Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario it will be the first time East and Western Canada will be seperated since "The Last Spike" was driven. And to top things off Thunder Bay hasn't had any Via Rail service since 1990.

Ottawa Watch said...

Yup. You won't be able to get there from here, at least in any affordable way.
VIA is a joke. It's as though they picked a route with the fewest potential customers.