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Unheard Voices Saskatchewan Farmers in Canadas Political ArenaSaskatchewan farmers have been continually ignored in Canadas institutionallandscape Never has the situation been more evident as it is with the possibility ofQuebec separation The Canadian governments ignorance of farmers needs has caused acynical view of the political process in the eyes of farmers One of the major sources ofthe cynicism is that Canadian federal institutions are developed so that most political of theclout is developed from the east The eastern domination of the House of Commons andindirectly the Senate means that Saskatchewan wheat farmers do not have a strong voicein Canadian political decisions But what does the Saskatchewan lack of representation inCanadas political institutions in Ottawa mean What can Saskatchewan wheat farmers doto rectify the situation And following a Quebec separation what can wheat farmers do touphold their livelihood The intent of this report is to focus on the actions Saskatchewanwheat farmers can take to ensure their success in the future A focus on the recentpolitical policy decisions by the federal government the need for intrastate institutionalreform and effects of a possible Quebec separation will all be analyzed The current institutional landscape of Canada has not acted favorably forSaskatchewan wheat farmers The development of the institutions ie the House ofCommons and the Senate and the policies that have developed from these institutionshave continually ignored the needs of prairie farmers emphasizing the cynicismSaskatchewan wheat farmers have towards the political process The antipathy towardsthe political institutions has developed because of recent cost-cutting initiatives andderegulatory procedures by the government and by mis-representation of farmers needs ingovernment today The failure of Saskatchewan wheat farmers to express their needs inthe Canadian political arena successfully when compared to other constituencies is basedon the fact that Saskatchewans representation in Canadas political institutions is weakThe result is the development of policies contrary to what would be accepted by farmers Saskatchewan wheat farmers in accordance with most constituencies in the westhave desired a institutional change to
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