Implementing Canada’s Rural Development Policy in a Knowledge-Driven Economy – the Case of Manitoba
Introduction – Challenges of the Last Two Decades:
- Increasing global economic restructuring and increasing competition from emerging economies (Implications for agriculture, forestry mining and fishing sectors).
- Resource depletion
- Substitution of synthetics for natural commodities,
- Substitution of capital for labour in production (the irony of technological productivity),
- Relocation of natural resource industries to low-cost jurisdictions in the developing world,
- and low real prices on global markets, which (after NAFTA and WTO) are no longer mitigated by subsidies, trade protection and business incentives.