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Critics decry new minister as election ploy, say Liberals dropping ball on rural internet access

By Charelle Evelyn      

‘I don’t believe that I would be given a position that I don’t have any authority to move things on,’ says Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan.

Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan was sworn in to her newly created cabinet post on Jan. 14. Critics say her file is political cover for the Liberals’ lagging rural agenda. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Shifting responsibility for getting better internet connectivity in rural areas to a new cabinet minister may just be a “smoke screen” for the Liberals dropping the ball on the file and other rural issues, say opposition MPs. But Liberals and stakeholders say there’s time for real progress on broadband and other rural files before the fall election.

Charelle Evelyn

Charelle Evelyn is a managing editor with The Hill Times.
- cevelyn@hilltimes.com


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