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Stéphan Bureau: debates to feed the minds

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The new debate program that Stéphane Bureau will host from the autumn, “The world upside down”, is likely to cause a sensation.

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Noting with panic the narrowing of the space to peep due to the acceleration, in recent years, of a certain form of consensualism in the public space, the guest who has suffered in the past some criticisms for having given space to controversial figures in crisis contexts rather, he believes that his show is timely.

At least that’s what he said to Sophie Durocher and Richard Martineau, who participated in the recording of the pilot of his talk show and who received it at home to talk about it for a “Spiced Aperitif”.

The conductor, who is gradually preparing to return to TVA after leaving the network for the brown tower of Radio-Canada in 1997, in particular returned, to their microphone, on the reasons for his departure from the broadcast “Certo che ha condotti on ICI Première.

Without trying to exonerate himself, he confided during the recording of the radio podcast QUB that he had already announced his departure from Radio-Canada, already before the start of the season where he gave a platform, considered compliant, to the controversial French microbiologist Didier Raoult, in the heart of the pandemic.

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Crown Corporation Ombudsman Pierre Champoux later accused him of this interview, pointing out the lack of necessary verifications carried out by the host and his team, including editorial directors and the management of Radio-Canada.

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Closing the door, the guest had publicly stated that he would leave the power to others to crawl in and ask for forgiveness. According to him, he had little to blame in this affair, admitting into Richard and Sophie’s microphone that on his show he was only running the risk of giving a voice to those who had been banned from doing so because of their controversial positions. .

A practice he has often adopted during his journalistic career. The man, who considers himself boring as sliced ​​bread, specifically reminded the journalist couple that he had won a Gemini award for his interview with Jean-Marie Le Pen, a former French MP and founding member of the Front National. , a far-right party.

“I pressed all the buttons that made the sulfur font ‘acceptable’ [à la télé] because I ridiculed him. I had the right deal and I don’t regret this interview, but I didn’t take the time to put myself in his shoes for 30 seconds “, she said during the last episode of” Spicy Aperitif “.

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“I think my vanity made me choose to do an interview that would look good on me,” he added, admitting in passing that he regrets this attitude. “I would have liked to expose myself to more risks by being more open so that it would reveal itself more,” she stressed.

Twenty-two years later, the host will conduct 90 minutes of live debates each week on a large stage. It promises animated discussions, interviews and vigorous exchanges on various topics that spark passions to feed minds and entertain.

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