Bernard St-Laurent paid tribute during his final C'est La Vie broadcast

Some of the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting and politics share their memories of working with Bernard St-Laurent.

Jean Charest, Tom Mulcair, Anna Maria Tremonti and more say 'Adieu' to veteran broadcaster

Bernard St-Laurent

Veteran broadcaster and journalist Bernard St-Laurent hosted his last episode of C'est La Vie today, on CBC Radio One.

And his team had a surprise in store for him.

Bernard thought that the program's Word Lady, Johanne Blais, was going to record her last Word of the Week with him. She had come in to Montreal from Ottawa for the occasion.

But instead, Johanne surprised Bernard by presenting him with a touching tribute.

Without Bernard knowing it, in the weeks leading up to his retirement, the team had reached out to a range of people Bernard had interviewed or worked with over his 40 years as a journalist.

Each of them paid tribute to Bernard.

Those people included the Official Languages Commissioner, Graham Fraser, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, and the Official Opposition leader in Ottawa, Tom Mulcair.

Some of his colleagues to pay tribute included The Current host Anna Maria Tremonti, and the National's weekend anchor, Wendy Mesley.

Governor General award winning translator Sheila Fischman also had kind words to say about him.

Listen to the tribute and watch Bernard's reaction here: 

Emotional goodbye to Bernard St-Laurent


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