The federal election results suggest the rural/urban divide has deepened


The initial dust has settled since the federal election, and it’s time now for many to reflect and analyze the results.

David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, joined RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney on Tuesday morning to discuss election night results. Coletto says there are two ways you can look at what ended up occurring.

“You can either look at it as a colossal waste of time, and many looked at it this way as the parliament delivered was very close to the same that we had when the election was called. On the other hand, it did give Canadians the opportunity to have a say in what their government is going to look like going forward,” he says.

“There are some big big issues that our government needs to address, and collectively they decided that what we had before is what they want. They don’t want to give one party sort of the blank cheque on the majority government, they remain pretty regionally divided,” Coletto says.

From an agriculture perspective however, he notes there is one thing that did become even more clear, and that was the rural/urban divide.

“The divide between urban Canada and small-town rural Canada is probably deeper than it was. And the Liberals, although all the mail-in ballots haven’t been counted yet (as of press time), lost the popular vote. So they won clearly the most seats, but far fewer people would’ve actually cast a ballot for the Liberals,” he says.

Check out the full conversation between Coletto and Haney, below:

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