Stéphane Bureau: debating to feed minds

Stephane Bureau: debate to feed minds


The new debate program that Stéphane Bureau will host starting in the fall, “World upside down”, is likely to make waves. 

Noting 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 host who suffered some criticism in the past for having gave a platform to controversial figures in crisis contexts, rather believes that his show is timely.

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

Stephane Bureau: debate to feed minds

Stephane Bureau: debate to feed minds

The host, who is gradually preparing his return to TVA after leaving the network for the brown tower of Radio-Canada in 1997, notably returned, at their microphone, to the reasons for his departure of the show “Bien heard” that he hosted on ICI Première.

Without trying to clear himself, he confided during the recording of the QUB radio podcast 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, pointing out the lack of necessary checks carried out by the host and his team, including editorial managers and management of Radio-Canada. 

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Closing the door, the host had publicly stated that he would leave it 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 won 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' [on TV] because I ridiculed him. I had made the right deal and I do not regret this interview, but I did not 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 would make me look good,” 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 said.

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