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Stéphan Bureau: debating to feed minds

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The new debate program that Stéphan Bureau will host starting in the fall, “Le monde à l’envers”, is likely to make waves.

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Constant with panic the shrinking of the space to make a head due to the acceleration, in recent years, of a certain form of consensualism in the public space, the animator who has tried some criticism in the past to have given a platform for controversial figures in crisis contexts, instead believes his show is timely.

This is at least what he said to Sophie Durocher and Richard Martineau, who participated in the recording of the pilot of his talk show and who received him at home to talk about it for an “Aperitif Spicy “.

The host, who is preparing his return to TVA little by little after leaving the network for the brown tower of Radio-Canada in 1997, notably returned, at their microphone, to the reasons for his departure from the show “Of course » which he hosted on ICI Premiere.

Without trying to clear himself, he confessed during the recording of the QUB radio ballad that he had already announced his departure from Radio-Canada, even before the start of the season where he gave a platform, deemed complacent, to the controversial French microbiologist Didier Raoult, in the heart of the pandemic.

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The Crown corporation’s ombudsman, Pierre Champoux, then blamed him for this interview, refusing the necessary verifications carried out by the host and his team, including editorial managers and Radio-Canada management.

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Referring the door, the host had publicly stated that he would leave it up to others to crawl in and ask for forgiveness. According to him, he had little to blame himself for in this affair, admitting at the microphone of Richard and Sophie that he was only taking the risk on his show of giving voice to those who were banned from doing so because of their controversial positions. .

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

“I pressed all the buttons that made the sulphurous character ‘acceptable’ [à la télé] because I make fun of it. I had made the right deal and I don’t regret this interview, plus I didn’t take the time to put myself in his shoes for 30 seconds”, he said during the last episode of “Piquant aperitif”.

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“I believe that my vanity made me choose to do an interview that seemed good to me,” he added, admitting in passing that he regrets this attitude. “I would have liked to expose myself to more risk by being more open so that he reveals himself more,” he underlined.

Twenty-two years later, the host will lead 90 minutes of live debates each week on a large stage. It promises lively discussions, interviews and muscular exchanges on various subjects that arouse passions to nourish the minds and have fun.

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