English, French media differ in coverage of Trudeau’s big day

- October 3rd, 2012

Justin Trudeau announced his decision to run for the Liberal leadership in Montreal Tuesday evening. The media reaction to the news was, interestingly enough, quite different in English Canada than it was in French Canada. Remember: He’s running to be the leader of the third party in Parliament. With a little help from Storify, here’s the breakdown:

The coverage of Trudeau’s big day

Justin Trudeau announced his decision to run for the Liberal leadership in Montreal Tuesday evening. The media reaction to the news was, interestingly enough, quite different in English Canada than it was in French Canada. Remember: He’s running to be the leader of the *third* party in Parliament.

Storified by David Akin · Wed, Oct 03 2012 05:26:15

Interesting, English language all news cable covers Justin Trudeau launch "live", French language all news cable doesn’t. Discuss?Peter Mansbridge
One of The Globe and Mail’s Montreal reporters offers some insight on Mansbridge’s observation.
@petermansbridge Justin is an anglo thing and there’s way bigger news in Quebec right now.Les Perreaux
More on that bigger news in a minute. Now, that was last night. Then there’s Wednesday’s papers. Largest circulation paper in English Canada does this:
Trudeau coverage in Canada’s largest English language daily, The Toronto Star. Line story on front page. http://twitpic.com/b0mq2lDavid Akin
While largest circulation French language paper in the country – Le Journal de Montreal — has Trudeau way back on page 14
Trudeau coverage in Canada’s largest French language daily, Le Journal De Montreal. Way back on page 14: #cdnpoli http://twitpic.com/b0mox5David Akin
On the front page of La Presse, the other big French language daily in Montreal, the Trudeau story gets big play, but not as big as bombshell news about connections between the mob and politicians coming out of the inquiry into Quebec’s construction industry.
Newseum | Today’s Front Pages | La Presseundefined
Absolutely as it should be. “@davidakin: Trudeau gets big play on front of La Presse but not as big as Lino Zambito! http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr.asp?fpVname=CAN_LP&ref_pge=gal&b_pge=1”Adrian Humphreys
Here’s a little more on that inquiry…
Whistleblower accuses former federal appointee of taking kickbacksA onetime federal appointee to the Port of Montreal was accused Tuesday of accepting kickbacks when he was this city’s top bureaucrat.
A picture of Trudeau made the front page of both national newspapers, though one was a bit saucier than the others.
Trudeau is main front page art for one national newspaper … #cdnpoli http://twitpic.com/b0ms4wDavid Akin
… and main front page art of a slightly different kind for another national newspaper #cdnpoli http://twitpic.com/b0msfoDavid Akin

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5 comments

  1. Fred Mcinnis says:

    Mr. Mansbridge shows himselfo as not just a news anchor. His overwhelming addiction to politics varies the tenants of journalistic integrity assuming some integrity still exists.

  2. haveseenit says:

    I can hardly wait for his first debate, He is going to cry!

  3. Jim R says:

    God help this country if he ever becomes the PM.The “L”in liberal stands for LIAR and nothing else.

  4. Bill Thompson says:

    Trudeau…the name alone should send chills up the spines of those Canadians old enough to recall the dubious effect of his father’s polices (which still haunt Canada to this date) as the PM of Canada !

  5. Gabby in QC says:

    The Ottawa Sun story titled Whistleblower accuses former federal appointee of taking kickbacks starts off with:
    “A onetime federal appointee to the Port of Montreal was accused Tuesday of accepting kickbacks when he was this city’s top bureaucrat.”

    Unless I have misunderstood all the questions and replies to those questions during QP for the past few days, the purported “onetime federal appointee to the Port of Montreal” was NOT appointed to that post, in fact losing out to another candidate for that position, Patrice Pelletier, as reported here: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/general+manager+Montreal+denies+contract+rigging+says+dark/7334486/story.html

    During times when journalists accuse fellow journalists of plagiarism, when newspapers are struggling to survive, and when partisans accuse the media of bias, one would hope that accuracy would be a prime concern.

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