Like Canada, Quebec has always had a very positive image in foreign media. “It is good to live there. The cost of living is reasonable. They are a tolerant, open and peaceful people. That's how we've always been portrayed most often.
Whether it's the issue of same-sex marriage, abortion rights, or the decriminalization of marijuana, the québec's brand image has always been very progressive. In fact, prior to 2012, we enjoyed a virtually immaculate reputation around the world.
Admittedly, we were criticized in the early 2000s for our asbestos exports, although it was banned in our country, but this was the only sector where we had a stain on file.
Between 2012 and 2014, the international press made a great deal of the episodes of corruption and collusion that marked Québec. Let's say that it was rather rare to see Quebec in the section of miscellaneous abroad before this dark period.
Although the trend has been somewhat reduced since then, there are still regular episodes where Quebec takes it for its cold.
Bad week for Quebec
During the last week, you should not have a sensitive heart reading some articles published about us.
The Arab Newspublished a full page on the growing intolerance of which Muslims are allegedly victims in Quebec and in Canada. Well, well, this is a daily from Saudi Arabia and one would be tempted to conclude that it is only a small revenge of the Saudi regime. Let us remember the diplomatic tensions between Riyadh and Ottawa in recent years, the issue of human rights and Raif Badawi. It stirred.
The release of the Arab Newsis without appeal or nuance on the question of the wearing of the full veil, the increasing number of racial incidents and the shooting at the Quebec mosque. It would be less and less good to live with us. It smacks more of a government communications operation than journalism. The newspaper even adds the story of the abused Aboriginal people in Canadian residential schools to support its point. Nonsense!
In the dark affairs section, many American newspapers published the story of the shooting at Estérel, led by the Russian with a troubled past, Valeriy Tarasenko. Some, like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, have even been tempted to feature it on the front page. We are far from the nice report on the Bonhomme Carnaval.
In another register, the British newspaper The Heraldpublished an analysis of the election of François Legault. A full page presents its formation as a third way to the debate on sovereignty, being more nationalist than sovereignist. We go back as far as the 1995 referendum, led by Jacques Parizeau and his commentary on money and the ethnic vote. The article also makes a great deal of the comments of the former Minister of Immigration, Jean Boulet, on newcomers. Nothing very glorifying.
Fortunately, there was good news. The Condé Nast Traveler has published its rankings of the most popular places for tourists in the world (Reader's Choice Awards 2022) and many international media have published rankings on this subject. It was while reading the Thai newspaper Bangkok Post that I discovered that Quebec City and Montreal were in the top 10 of the best cities to visit in the world.
Finally, we will not have lost everything this week!
Source of interest for Quebec
Newspapers and web (49 countries)
Period from October 7 to 13, 2022< /li>
Keywords: Montreal and Quebec in all languages that use our alphabet.
1. United States:30.26%
2. United Kingdom:13.16%
Note: It is very rare for the United States to be outdone among the countries whose media are most interested in Quebec.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128