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One of those interminable listings of city livability has pushed Montreal down to 123rd place of 180 while Quebec City is 25th. Maybe Montreal just isn’t spoiled enough.
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I’m not surprised. No one in Quebec City gives a damn about Montreal. As far as they’re concerned Montreal is where “les immigrants” who spoil sovereignty referendums come from. Montreal would be much better off if it could form it’s own province within Canada and I’m sure a CLEAR majority of my fellow citizens would agree.
I think these comparison lists are pernicious because many cities are not comparable and because the view is taken from some imaginary white middle class angle. Quebec City’s still overwhelmingly white francophone and if someone of a visible minority whose French wasn’t perfect went to live there, I’m sure their experience would not be superior to living in Montreal.
it it always useful to look critically at which criteria have been used/weighted. in that particular case, the article mentioned that is limited to objectively measurable ones – so for example a certain not-very-well-qualifiable ‘experience’ of living in montreal is not considered, which is nevertheless a reason for many people to come here -> big contradiction.
i think these comparisons could greatly benefit from personalization: answer a few questions to position your priorities and get a more appropriate ranking by applying some basic statistical math. but then that’s not news in the sense of ‘mass media’ …
The vast majority of these rankings are actually compiled for the benefit of multinational corporations so they can index “hardship” payments to their expat executives. Needless to say, the relevance of these rankings is fairly trivial for anyone who doesn’t fit this category.
Also, because of different cultural values, international city comparisons (Quebec/English Canada, for example) are meaningless. English Canadians value different things in their communities, which ought to be obvious to anyone who’s visited them.
qatzelok, can you expand on this theory? I’m curious.
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