MP par­tic­i­pates in ru­ral round­table

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA -

NORTH SYD­NEY — Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria MP Mark Eyk­ing took part in a day­long round­table meet­ing Fri­day in Guelph, Ont., that fo­cused on bridg­ing the ru­ral-ur­ban di­vide by strength­en­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and ac­cess to crit­i­cal ser­vices in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Eyk­ing, chair of the Lib­eral ru­ral cau­cus, opened the dis­cus­sions at Ignatius Col­lege hosted by the Lib­eral cau­cus with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Lib­eral Leader Michael Ig­nati­eff. The round­table fea­tured rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the food, health, ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture and clean en­ergy sec­tors.

“I be­lieve in a strong Canada, a Canada in which eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and qual­ity of life can be achieved in all re­gions, ur­ban and ru­ral,” said Lib­eral Leader Michael Ig­nati­eff. “ The road to pros­per­ity in ru­ral Canada starts here — by ad­dress­ing the real pri­or­i­ties that ru­ral Cana­di­ans have told us to pur­sue.”

Lib­er­als ad­dressed four pri­or­i­ties for ru­ral Canada dur­ing the Guelph round­table event: Work­ing with prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to help get doc­tors in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, cre­at­ing a na­tional food pol­icy, achiev­ing 100 per cent high-speed In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity and cre­at­ing new green jobs in ru­ral Canada.

“Ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture like In­ter­net, roads and wa­ter ser­vices in ev­ery ru­ral town needs to be mod­ern­ized,” said Eyk­ing. “ That’s why we’re set­ting a goal of achiev­ing full high-speed In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity in ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try and to im­prov­ing the way in­fra­struc­ture funds are de­liv­ered to ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties along the lines of the fed­eral gas tax trans­fer.”

Fri­day’s ru­ral is­sues round­table meet­ing is part of a se­ries of roundta­bles and pub­lic fo­rums hosted by the Lib­eral cau­cus while Par­lia­ment is pro­rogued. Other roundta­bles hosted by Lib­eral MPs this week in Ottawa in­cluded poverty and home­less­ness, com­mu­nity safety, the en­vi­ron­ment and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

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