Dan Bigras

Singer, actor, and host Dan Bigras is not only a key figure on Quebec’s arts scene but also a very socially engaged individual. In this in-depth interview, he opens up about his challenging journey. Having lived on the streets as a young person, Bigras provides an overview of homelessness today and discusses his critical work with street youth. He also looks back on his difficult experience working with Canadian troops in Bosnia in 2004, reflects on his battle with cancer, and shares his thoughts on diversity.

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.