The proportion of people living in rural areas in Canada (18.9%) is among the lowest of the G8 countries,1 with only the United Kingdom having a notably smaller proportion (Figure 2). More than 2 persons in 10 live in a rural area in France, and more than 3 in 10 in Japan.
The vast majority of Canada's land mass is uninhabitable and uninhabited. Algonquin Park may feel remote, but it is actually little more than 100 miles from both Ottawa and Toronto, and looks and feels the way it does precisely because it is a preserved wilderness park.
Rural voters tend to vote right-wing (including in my own party: they are the reason we did not elect a gay MP as party leader several years ago), and they are joined these days by the dull, complacent hordes in places like the bedroom communities surrounding Toronto.