Assessing the Editorial Discourse Around the Equal Opportunity Program in New Brunswick

Title: Assessing the Editorial Discourse Around the Equal Opportunity Program in New Brunswick
Authors: Comeau, Jean-Sébastien
Date: 2018
Abstract: This study contextualizes, and analyzes, the editorial response to a set of reforms that Louis J. Robichaud, as Premier of New Brunswick, enacted during his tenure between 1960 and 1970. Through a discourse analysis of the editorial pages of L’Évangéline and the Daily Gleaner, two daily newspapers encompassing the province’s major linguistic groups, this case study demonstrates how the editors of these outlets framed the Equal Opportunity Program. It is rooted in an inductive approach informed by Charles Taylor (1993)’s notions of nationalism, federalism and minority language politics in Canada. While L’Évangéline’s editor supported the Program, his counterpart at the Gleaner took an opposing view. The nationalism expressed by L’Évangéline’s editor through his support for the Program reflects a focus on collective rights; he supports Robichaud and his Program not simply because of the latter’s objectives, but because of the former’s Acadian roots. On the other hand, the Gleaner’s editor strongly opposes collective rights. He hints at the premier’s Acadian heritage to stir up opposition to the Program and expresses a form of nationalism which is rooted in his position as a member of the linguistic majority. He frames the Program – and Robichaud’s actions – as dangerous departures from the status quo.
CollectionCommunication - Mémoires // Communication - Research Papers