Expert: Involvement of rural communities crucial for Canada’s recovery


Published: 16Sep2021

As the federal election campaign heats up, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is calling on all parties to work with cities and communities of all sizes to drive a stronger, more inclusive nationwide recovery—releasing a package of achievable frontline solutions to pressing challenges, from job creation to climate change to the housing crisis. (FCM

Here is an expert from McGill University that can provide comment on this issue: 

Katharine McCoy, MA student, Department of Political Science 

​"Rural Canadians have expressed concern over important issues since the election was announced. They are worried about the opioid crisis, human trafficking, gas prices, and internet access. To have none of those issues addressed substantively in the English debate may exemplify why rural Canadians feel as though they are overlooked by those in Ottawa." 

Katharine McCoy is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at the Department of Political and is involved with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and the Canada Election Misinformation Project. Her research is focused on voting behaviour, the political culture of rural Canada, and electoral backlash. 

katharine.mccoy [at] (English) 

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