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Hébert and Jean Lapierre

Chantal Hébert is a national political affairs columnist for the Toronto Star and a weekly guest columnist in Le Devoir. She is a regular guest on the “At Issue” political panel on CBC Television’s The National. The author of French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec, Hébert was the 2006 recipient of the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. The Morning After was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. She lives in Montreal.

Jean Lapierre was a political analyst with the Quebec television network TVA, CTV, and several Quebec radio stations. A former federal politician, Lapierre served two terms in Parliament and had two cabinet posts, Transport Minister and Minister of Youth and Amateur Sport.


Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre on The Morning After

Award History

2014 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

Jury Citation

“Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre, a formidable team when it comes to Quebec politics, offer probing interviews with the main players in the 1995 referendum fight. They asked: what would Canada have looked like the morning after a federalist loss? Written clearly and without pretension, their revelations of the consequences are dramatic. Simply put, The Morning After is a great read, providing new insights for those who lived through the referendum – and helping those who did not to understand what was at stake.” – 2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Denise Chong, Terry Galvin, Jane Taber)