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Unformatted text preview: Part III: Western Canada October-27-11 10:33 AM Introduction 2006 statistics: o 17.1% of Canada's pop o 19.8% of Canada's area o 22.6% of Canada's GDP Upward transitional region- how/why is the traditional hinterland status of the region changing? o Resource based economy o Marginal/peripheral position in geographic and economic terms o Recent settlement history (vs regions to the east) See "Key topic: Agricultural Transition" (page 337-347) "....radical departure....from its traditional role as an agricultural hinterland to a diversified inland economy" Figure 8.5 Agricultural regions Figure 8.6 World Food Price Index Western Canada (Prairies) Late 20th century, early 21st century o Increased urbanization/rural depopulation (Calgary/Edmonton corridor) o Increased economic diversification o Increased political power at provincial level (centralist/decentralist faultline) o Western separatism What kind of region si this?...
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