Michel Bastarache

Tête à Tête

Michel Bastarache

The Revue Politique “Tête à Tête” series delves into the lives of newsmakers, movers and shakers. In these in-depth and personal conversations, Pierre Donais sits down with guests to discuss their life experiences and to reveal what drives them today.

In this episode, Pierre speaks with Michel Bastarache, the former Supreme Court justce who retired in 2008. Mr. Bastarache quickly rose through the ranks of the magistrature after a long and diverse career as a lawyer, law professor and director of the Acadian insurance company Assumption Mutual Life. He soon made his mark by drafting the ruling in the case of R. v. Beaulac, which redefined how language rights should be interpreted by placing them on an equal footing with other rights included in the Constitution.


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Pierre Donais

Drawing on four decades of radio and TV experience, Pierre has a reputation for being as personable as he is astute. He joined CPAC in 2003 to host Revue Politique, a nightly review of the day’s politics for Francophone viewers. He also delves into the personal with guests on Tête à Tête. A former anchor and journalist at TQS and Télémédia CIMF-FM in Outaouais, Pierre also served as radio host and station manager. He has recently completed his Master’s degree in law at the University of Ottawa.