JB82 saidWell what's wrong with Atlantic Canada?
it varies by province.
In my province, we have a very rigidly stratified class system which was never broken as it was in Upper Canada in the 1873 Rebellion against what was known as "The Family Compact" - a ruling intermarried oligarchy of political leaders with the leading merchants who ran the colony to serve their business interests.
That resulted in the 1873 "Farmer's Revolt" and the introduction of a new "Responsible Government." model adopted by Queen Victoria throughout the British Empire.
But that never really happened on PEI where the ascending middleclass merchantocracy of the 20th instead of joining with the landless to change the order, instead married into the 19th centuryplutocracy, establshing was can be best characterized as a neofeudal order. All of this played out against a defining backdrop of land scarcity, which is effectively modern day tenant farming - where family farms are totally dependent upon a single contract purchaser whose choice of supplier means prosperity or bankruptcy.
this is a recipe for the need to curry patrons, reward loyalty, and punish disloyalty in a never ending 4 year cycle.
daring to criticise the few families hat control everything - esp the Irvings can imperil the livelihoods of family who work for Irving Oil - or the Irving owned Cavendish farms (that either own or buy the produce of the entire farming population.
Whomever does not farm is prhaps then dependent upon the Irving owned fish processing plants; or works for Irving Shipyards in some capacity.
So there is great
fear of rocking the boat here.
Speaking out can bring retribution in all sorts of ways large and small.
If it does not hit the parent; it can be taken out on a child cut from AAA hockey because Dad said the wrong thing to the wrong person. When that kid could be the next Sydney Crosby (as every cdn hocky parent hopes) that could harm a person's hockey career possibilities, - meanwhile neither the kid nor the parent would ever know until it the harm is done.
This is a TINY province. The total population oft he capital city is 30,000; there are only 2,500 registered voters in my district.
People are sensitive and memories are long (however much one might wish people would just forget our past transgressions ans mistakes - the world just does not work that way - (we taught our kids).