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The Rural-Urban Divide

by Meredith Martin Monday October 17, 2011

I know what you are thinking: THE ELECTION IS OVER GET OVER IT! To which I respond “NEVER!”

Working on the results team, as I did, made the night of October the 6th one of the most special of my TV producing life. There I was learning the truth about who was winning and who was losing before everyone else in the province. For a person as competitive as I am it made for some good times, especially in a race as tight as this one. I know, I know, all the cool kids like Mike Miner, Mark Brosens and Hillary Clark, were are the Ossington sipping sherry and analyzing the results but that’s not where I wanted to be.  I wanted to be hunkered down surrounded by snacks and like-minded number crunchers dolling out the data so our gifted host, Steve Paikin, could wax poetic about history in the making.

Yes friends it was a night to remember.

And here we are 11 days later and still there is so much to be discussed!  The talented Mister Brosens produced an excellent post-election show that touched on the topic my program hopes to delve into in a big way: “The Urban/Rural Divide”.

On the fateful evening of October 6th the north went orange, rural parts of the province were painted decidedly blue and the major urban centers stayed red.  (Mix that together and you get brown folks, brown!) Is it possible Dalton McGuinty’s green-energy policies cost him three cabinet ministers? Functioning, as we are, in a weak economy how will the Liberals reach out to rural Ontario? And, what about the north? The answers tonight at 8 p.m. Be there, or be square.