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Rural and Small Town Ontario Concerns in the Federal Election

We invited each of the four main federal parties to respond to 10 questions of importance to rural and small town Ontario with respect to their party’s position and platform. 

Here is the NDP response.  We await other party responses and will share them as soon as we receive them. 

Also, if you find yourself organizing or attending an all candidates meeting and are looking for questions to pose that are relevant to rural stakeholders the set of 10 questions that correspond to the top ten priorities from our recently completed  survey are available click here.   

 To have a look at the survey responses and the resultant ranking of the broad list of potential concerns click here. 

ROI Blog

Oct 2, 2015Rural Economic Development (RED) Program Relaunched

Sep 16, 2015Federal NDP Responds to Rural and Small Town Ontario Election Questions

Aug 31, 2015A Different Perspective on Population Change

Aug 26, 2015Collective Impact Workshop - Just in Time

Aug 12, 2015Have Your Say on Inter-City Busing


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