For nearly 17 years, many rural Manitobans have felt left out when it comes to provincial politics. With votes and elected representatives largely coming from Winnipeg and the North, appealing to citizens and communities in the southern, agricultural region of the province has not been a priority for the NDP since Gary Doer led them to power in 1999. It’s been unfortunate and short-sighted, but the NDP has fostered this urban-rural divide. Too often it’s been Winnipeg versus the rest. If there’s debate about a policy, project or a place to spend money that pits urban interests against rural interests, the…
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