TV5 is a French language channel that broadcasts shows from different countries. Tonight I watched a show done in France about Canada. The title translates loosely to " Why is Canada a dream country?". The idea explored is that the French seem to have a very positive view of our country. So a team of reporters came here to analyse many aspects from Alberta’s oil to the Bloc Quebecois.
It was very interesting to see their point of view. They basically praised the Chretien/Martin tandem for turning around the debt/deficit outlook, something that France is still struggling with. They also showed the oil sands benefits and problems and, of course, discussed Quebec’s separatists.
Later on, a French senator and former prime minister of France, who had an affinity for Canada after more than 15 visits, was interviewed an he said that Canadians and their governments were financially courageous and that our approach consisted of consultation and consensus as opposed to confrontation.
In the end, the problems they saw were linked to the erosion of the health care system but the economic benefits and the freedom of citizens to change their lives were very strong positive aspects.
It made me think that even with the problems we have, our canadian society is still a good place to live.
I would love to see the same kind of show done by the BBC, or the Germans for example to see how we are viewed in these countries.