Sunday, May 13, 2007

Pauline Marois, PEI and Manitoba

Amidst all the excitement surrounding the PQ leadership campaign, it dawned on me to check up on how our national newspaper has been covering the day-to-day politics of other Canadian provinces. Last fall, my Canadian Studies students were treated to a lesson on media bias and the impact of media concentration, as the New Brunswick election campaign slid completely under the radar for both the Globe and the National Post.

Did you know that two provinces are in the middle of election campaigns? Better tell the Globe! It's been a week since there was any mention of the Manitoba campaign. The PEI campaign hasn't merited a word since May 5th.

I recognize that the vast majority of the Globe's readers are concentrated in central Canada. But there really is something striking about the fact that the leadership race for what is currently the third-place party in the Quebec legislature is getting a lot more ink than the provincial election campaigns in two other provinces.

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At 2:24 pm, Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist said...

The Globe and Mail, Central Canada's national newspaper...

At 3:59 pm, Blogger Mark Greenan said...

Another illustration of how the national media ignores PEI - it took the bassist from Nirvana's endorsement to get CanWest to write about the PR plebiscite in the Fall of 2005.

At 9:06 pm, Blogger susansmith said...

You should check out this - The CCPA-Manitoba Election Blog
Wow, gives context and commentary about the ongoing election, compaign promises by parties. Great politicaly commentary with a very progressive left bent.


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