It’s been almost a decade since the Liberal government of Shawn Graham introduced New Brunswick’s poverty reduction plan titled “Overcoming Poverty Together” in Nov. 2009.

But when it comes to rural poverty, not much has changed, according to a former Canada research chair in rural social justice.

Susan Machum, the dean of social sciences at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, said the view on the ground is similar to the way it was before the strategy was introduced.