|October 4 edition|
[This post has been updated]Maclean's magazine has provoked a good deal of anger with its October 4 cover story saying that Quebec is the most corrupt province in Canada. Clearly intended to have exactly that reaction, the story by Quebec correspondent Martin Patriquin got immediate response from across the country, according to a story in the Montreal Gazette and other sources.
Parti Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe sent an open letter to the media saying, in part
"Unfortunately, this attack is representative of a belief widely held in Canada that Quebec is racist, corrupt and always looking for a handout. It appears that the only group in Canada that can be singled out in this way, the only group that can be insulted, is Quebecers."
Quebec Vice-premier Nathalie Normandeau told reporters it was completely unacceptable and a "senseless" attack:
"Enough with the Quebec-bashing," Normandeau told reporters. "The magazine takes on our institutions, our history, our symbols, our events. Enough is enough, we are not going to tolerate this."
Liberal MP Marc Garneau said the story was “sensationalism.”
“I found this shocking. It’s not worthy of a Canadian magazine. It’s an image that divides the nation.”[Update: The controversial issue was sold out in Montreal by Sunday, according to a story in the Toronto Sun.]
[ More reaction to come, doubtless.]