The great divide

By Bruce Urquhart, Oxford Sentinel-Review
Excerpt: And that same surge of rural anger helped unseat some longtime Liberal MPPs, including former education minister Leona Dombrowsky (Prince Edward-Hastings) and former agriculture minister Carol Mitchell (Huron Bruce).  It was more than just feeling ignored for a lot of rural voters. There was a feeling that Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government were more concerned with urban priorities than rural needs. While thousands of rural voters signed petitions against wind turbines, McGuinty paid little heed. But when urban voters spoke out against planned natural gas plants in the Greater Toronto Area, the Grits quickly capitulated.

Is it any surprise that rural anti-wind protesters became personally involved in this election? This urban-rural divide is evident when viewed on a map of the province’s 107 electoral districts. The small clusters of red in Ontario’s metropolitan areas look like they’re drowning in the sea of blue that dominates the rest of the province. Read article