In this episode, Pierre Donais welcomes Vivian Barbot, who served as Interim Bloc Quebecois president in 2011 following Gilles Duceppe’s defeat in the May 2nd federal election.
Vivian Barbot was born on July 7, 1941, in Saint-Marc, Haiti. In 2006, she was elected as the federal MP for the Quebec riding of Papineau. She was the first woman of Haitian descent to be elected to the House of Commons. She lost her seat to Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in the 2008 federal election.
Before becoming a politician, Vivian Barbot had been a long-time activist with various women’s groups and unions in Quebec. She had also taught French at the CEGEP de Victoriaville from 1983 to 2001.
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.