While the government and the mayors of the big cities are talking about density and urban expansion, the rural areas facing the problem of desertification need the opposite reality and this is great indifference.
“For a long time, we were ignored and it was not discussed in the election campaigns. We don’t care much, “said Stephen Zendron, a former mayor of Huntington.
The latter became the subject of a recent article entitled Survival in the Countryside Rapailler Our TerritoriesPublished by cosociété editions.
In the book, this former elected official and ex-radio host laments the “gap between the two worlds” emerging between cities and the countryside. In an interview, he believes that “the CAQ model has not been reinvented” in support of rurality.
The other model
Mr. For Zendron, it is necessary to think of a different model than the one based on agriculture and the exploitation of natural resources “mainly used to feed animals or aliens”.
“It simply came to our notice then. This model has come to its logical conclusion, ”he said.
In an interview, the former mayor also wondered: “When is our rural infrastructure plan? We talk about bridges, trams, highways, everything related to urban infrastructure, but nothing for us ever. Can the rest of us here get the money from the head office to get ready with the kit? ⁇
Discussed a bit
It is true that as the Quebec election campaign approaches, there is less talk about the countryside and their future.
The solution is not clear, so the idea of thinking seriously about it as proposed by this former mayor is very clever. He called for a study commission on the question of occupation and monopoly of rural territory.
Even if Prime Minister Legalt is shut down, reviewing the tax model as demanded by the big cities will also be relevant.