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Why the NDP leadership race matters | rabble.ca

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Ottawa is such a strange town. As of late it has really become a world unto itself, a sort of bubble where the elected few make plans that dictate the reality for so many, yet so few seem connected to it.

I am talking about the low voter turnout from the past few elections, but I'm also talking about something even more basic. Who in this country really feels connected to the national centre in Ottawa? How relevant is the political discourse of this country to the average person in their everyday lives? Obviously, what happens in Ottawa has an effect on everyone who lives in Canada, but how many Canadians can really say that they feel connected to this so-called "democratic" process? How well are people, the majority of people, really represented in federal politics in Canada?

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