The Two Solitudes come to the fore after the French-language election debate (#361)

Worth reading as it captures the different media reactions.

Quebec Culture Blog

I waited a couple of days to see what the reactions to the first French-language debate would be (all-around).

In Québec:

The reactions were just as they would be for any debate (be it English or French):  “This person scored a couple points, that person could have done better”… “We never saw this other person in quite the same light”… “The moderator could have asked this question or dealt with this different” … …

Nothing Earth-shattering in Québec, just as there was nothing Earth shattering in the English-language debates in Anglophone Canada.

But what I did not foresee were the reactions of

  1. negative misunderstandings coming from English Canada regarding the context of questions in the debate, and
  2. highly mediatized negative reactions to the debate questions on the part of Francophones in other provinces.

The debate was broadcast live, with simultaneous English translations across Canada on CBC News Network, CBC Radio…

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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