Pierre Donais interviews Colette Roy Laroche, mayor of Lac Mégantic, the small Quebec town which, on July 6, 2013, became the scene of one of the worst railway disasters in Canadian history. The derailment of a freight train in the middle of the night was so intense that it caused a fire and the explosion of multiple tank cars full of crude oil. Forty-seven people lost their lives and the downtown core was obliterated. Throughout this unprecedented tragedy, Mrs Roy-Laroche embodied the strength and determination needed by her fellow citizens to get through the terrible ordeal.
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.