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 Benoît Bouchard, former minister in Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government. After a career as a professor and administrator in Quebec’s Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region, Mr. Bouchard was elected to the House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative MP for Roberval, Que., in the 1984 election. He was quickly elevated to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s cabinet, where he served in various capacities. He retired from politics in June 1993 and was subsequently appointed Canada’s ambassador to France. When he returned to Canada in 1996, Mr. Bouchard was appointed chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Since June 2006, he has served as chief federal negotiator for the comprehensive land claim and self-government negotiations with the Quebec Innu.
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.