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Laurier LaPierre dies, 83

Media | 12/17/2012 10:14 pm EST

Laurier LaPierre, a retired senator and a former co-host of CBC/Radio-Canada’s This Hour Has Seven Days, died Sunday at the age 83, the Senate said Monday. Born in Lac Mégantic, Que., on Nov. 21, 1929, LaPierre rose to national prominence in the 1960s as a co-host of the often controversial CBC program, known for mixing news reporting and commentary with social satire. After the show was cancelled, LaPierre ran unsuccessfully as an NDP candidate in the 1968 federal election. Former prime minister Jean Chrétien later appointed him to represent Ontario in the Senate as a Liberal in 2001, and he remained there until 2004 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994. “It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of Laurier LaPierre,” Heritage Minister James Moore said in an emailed statement Monday. “He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, in 1994, and dedicated his life to causes he cherished. I would like to offer my condolences to the...