Valérie Plante

Valérie Plante surprised everyone, except herself and her supporters, when she dethroned incumbent Denis Coderre for the mayorship of Montréal. Ms. Plante describes her rise from the Abitibi region of Quebec to becoming the first female mayor of the largest francophone city in America. Her trademark hearty laugh will make you smile.

About

Esther Bégin

Esther Bégin

Esther joined CPAC in 2018 as the network’s French Anchor. She hosts L’Essentiel, a daily program that looks at the impact of federal policy decisions on the everyday lives of Canadians, specifically those in French-speaking communities.

A seasoned and accomplished communications professional, Esther has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and broadcasting. As anchor at LCN and TVA from 1997 to 2007 as well as TQS (currently known as V Télé) from July 2007 to May 2008, she has hosted hundreds of interviews with key decision makers in Quebec and Canada, including prime ministers and renowned business leaders in various sectors. She has also hosted decision day coverage in dozens of Quebec, Canadian and American elections.

More recently, she produced the documentary series Fièvre politique, which was broadcast on Télé-Québec and later honoured at the Prix Gémeaux in 2017. She has also worked as a journalist and correspondent for RDI and ICI Radio-Canada on Canada’s West Coast.