Elections and… Catalan-style Quebec referendum!

Éelections and... Quebec referendum in Quebec the Catalan!


No one will be surprised to learn today that the election of a new government is news that has made Quebec shine a lot in recent days. 

The immigration controversy has circled the globe a few times. 

And what about the protection of the French language? Right in the middle of the campaign, the position taken by the chefs regarding the French of Nick Suzuki, captain of the Montreal Canadiens, generated some fifty articles in major American dailies. Some observers of the hockey scene have also remained very perplexed by this assertion.

Even if the economy was a major element of the campaign, the foreign press did not see fit, as it's up to her to make a note of it.

Most of the major press agencies have looked at the conclusion of the campaign, with supporting photos.

The CAQ labeled on the right

However, where the surprises are announced, it is initially to qualify the Legault government of right-wing nationalist whereas in Quebec one still debates on the precise label to be given to the CAQ.

I imagine that it is appropriate to explain the geometry of a political party when doing international news. Understanding the positioning of a foreign government that comes to power gives you a vague idea of ​​its orientations and priorities.

Even if sometimes that means nothing.

< p>Quebec referendum in mind!

The news from Quebec that caused the most talk in the world this week, however, falls into another category. It stems from an anniversary that marked the history of Spain. On October 1, 2017, the regional government of the Catalonia region held a referendum on its self-determination. More than 90% of the votes supported the sovereigntist movement. Some time later, the Spanish Constitutional Court suspended the results and obviously raised an important controversy among the Catalans.

Five years later, the Spanish press recounts the story in detail. A significant proportion of the coverage refers to the Quebec referendums. It is more than 200 articles, reports and chronicles that associate Quebec history with the anniversary of the Catalan referendum.

For seven days, the Spanish media have been recalling with precision the facts and the context in which the two Quebec referendums were held, and particularly that of 1995. The latter was at the origin of the Canadian law on referendum clarity adopted in Canada, June 29, 2000. This is also one of the major axes setting the tone for the media narrative on Quebec this week. Observers start from this idea to legitimize the right to self-determination of Catalonia.

Obviously, the Spanish media did not dwell too much on the interminable debate which preceded the passage of Bill C-20 and which created so much turmoil in our media between 1996 and 2000.

< p>It could have dampened the ardor of some. 

Source of interest in Quebec 

  • Newspapers and web (44 countries identified)
  • Period from October 1 to 6, 2022
  • Keywords: Montreal and Quebec in all languages ​​that use our alphabet . 

1. Spain 38.19%

2. United States 23.62%

3. France 7.04%

4. United Kingdom 5.53%

5. Mexico 3.52%

Note: It is very rare that the United States are surpassed among the countries whose media are most interested in Quebec.