Belleville, ON – Today, the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, introduced his plan for jobs and opportunities in rural Canada. 

“For six years, the Liberals, NDP, and Greens have ignored the needs of rural Canadians,” said O’Toole. “Canada’s Conservatives understand the importance of rural Canada. We will ensure that the voices of rural Canadians are heard and their concerns addressed.” 

“Canada’s Recovery Plan will create jobs across rural Canada – not just in big cities,” said O’Toole. “We will get Canadians back to work from coast to coast to coast and restore hope.” 

Canada’s Conservatives will take specific steps to help rural Canadians, including: 

• Building digital infrastructure to connect all of Canada to high-speed Internet by 2025. Appointing a Minister of Rural Affairs to Cabinet. 

•Setting aside a portion of federal infrastructure funds for projects in rural areas. 

•Tackling rural crime by adding a sentencing consideration for courts based on evidence that an offence was directed at property or a person that is vulnerable because of their remoteness from emergency services. 

“Rural Canada has been neglected by the Liberals,” O’Toole concluded. “With Canada’s Conservatives, help is on the way. Our plan will secure the future of rural communities.”