Friday, October 08, 2010

Quebec Media Bias: Employment Success Kept Secret?

Does Gazette ignore good news in Quebec employment numbers?
Here is a challenge find the facts included about QUEBEC in the Montreal Gazette article. Good luck!


Labour Force Survey Statistics Canada
In Quebec, employment was up 15,000 in September, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.5 percentage points to 7.7%. The number of workers in Quebec has risen by 122,000, or 3.2%, over the past year, the second highest growth rate at the national level after Newfoundland and Labrador.

Any reason why a Montreal paper would ignore the second highest rate of growth of jobs? Can't be a bias or an agenda to omit the great news for Quebec?

PM Harper hugs Hurricane Igor Victim
Newfoundland and Labrador posted employment gains of 4,900. This province has had the fastest rate of growth of all provinces over the past 12 months, at 5.3% (+11,000). At the same time, the unemployment rate has trended down, reaching 13.5% in September, the lowest rate since July 2008.

Media Bias for Negative Storyline
Does the media introduce a rift on the Atlantic Accord from 2006 in 2010 after the Premier has stated on many occasions water under the bridge during the visit of the PM on the destruction of Hurricane Igor?

There was little change in employment in September, as full-time gains were offset by part-time losses. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 8.0%, as fewer people, particularly youth, participated in the labour market.

Unemployment Rate climbs backs to 10.1% in the United States
How did the media report the move from 8.0 to 8.1 in July-September?  Historically the United States traditionally had lower unemployment rate than Canada. In 2006 a Government led by Stephen Harper has changed the dynamic. Canada had entered the global recession last and was the first developed economy to have exited. Does the media introduce the context how the Canadian dollar is not trading at a discount 30% or we are beating the Americans on the recovery?

Negative Frame Disgraced Military Commander with Conservatives?

Is the media too busy to produce clips of former CFB Trenton commander Colonel Russel facing over 80 charges without Minister of Defence Peter Mackay?

Bottom feeding Press or Bias?
When the Keith Richards, Rolling Stones were arrested in 1977 did the media act like bottom feeders and go after the wife of the Prime Minister because she attended concerts or associated herself with the band?

What do you think?

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