Census data has shown for quite some time that most Canadians live in cities and towns, most hugging our border with the United States.
Not surprisingly, governments direct most of their services to those communities, which leaves less taxpayer money for rural and especially northern areas.
The gap in services has yawned wider in recent years as governments look for ways to trim budgets by shuttering rural hospitals, centralizing trauma care in larger cities and cutting back on ambulance services.
A Canadian Press report focusing on emergency response services in British Columbia highlights the problem in the westernmost province but the same is likely true almost everywhere across the country's interior and northern regions.
Critics say rural and northern B.C. has "third-world" response times for emergency services, CP reports.
B.C. Auditor General John Doyle issued a report last month on the B.C. Ambulance Service's air-ambulance service that found it wasn't doing a good jobRead More »from Critics slam ‘third world’ ambulance response times in northern B.C.