Many would likely say these areas are left to fend for themselves, while the majority of government spending goes to larger centres, far from rural and northern BC. The result of this is that many residents have to travel hundred of kilometres away from home, and this is more than just medical care and education. Living in rural BC should not be reason to treat local residents like second class citizens.
Second to today's thoughts; any political party hoping to replace the NDP, should also be willing to set up independent regional councils to decide where, how, and to what projects, monies in the Rural Dividend Program are allocated. Hopefully, in this way, residents will be able to feel more secure knowing that the monies in this fund go to projects which will have the best impact in their communities.