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With election focus on urban Canada, influence of rural votes diminished

Shifting populations, voter demographics and recent changes to Canada’s electoral map have made urban centres the focus of the election campaign and diminished the potential influence of rural voters and ridings on the outcome this fall, experts say.  Most rural ridings aren’t as volatile as hotly-contested urban battlegrounds, pollsters said, giving rural matters less prominence among national issues. But as organizations continue to try to influence party platforms ahead of the official writ drop, rural advocates say some

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