Journalist, broadcaster, creator and essayist Denise Bombardier handed away on Tuesday, July 4, on the age of 82, following a battle with most cancers. From the post-war interval of “La Grande Noirceur” (“The Nice Darkness”) to the “Quiet Revolution,” by which Quebecers have been free of the clutch of the Catholic Church, this girl of character lived and breathed the historical past of Quebec, the Canadian province she wished to see acknowledged as a rustic.
A controversial mental determine, she stood out in a Quebec society that most popular to domesticate appeasement. An outspoken critic, she was identified for her outbursts, her style for controversy, her personal “pleasure and conviction” and her systematic criticism of “wokism” and the multicultural mannequin advocated by Justin Trudeau, whom she detested, and even joual (a well-liked dialect in Quebec) and Franglais.
The creator was a dedicated feminist, not simply because she was raised in a lady’s world, however as a result of on the age of 12, within the corridors of public tv, she needed to defend herself from the assaults of a director – an expertise that “branded her with a red-hot iron.” On the set of Bernard Pivot’s Apostrophes in 1990, when the opposite male company have been nonetheless complacent, she was the one one to strongly assault author Gabriel Matzneff for boasting about his sexual adventures with underage ladies.
Literature couldn’t be “used as an alibi,” she stated. Crying out in anger, she claimed that the author would have had “to reply to the legislation” if he didn’t have “a literary aura.” Her actions have been mocked and insulted on the time. When Vanessa Springora’s story Le Consentement (“Consent”) was revealed in 2020, a video archive of this second was broadly shared on social media, prompting the Paris public prosecutor’s workplace to open an investigation into the author’s rape of minors. She continued to denounce “abusers,” and co-wrote Ne Vous Taiez Plus (“Do not Be Silent”) with French journalist Françoise Laborde in 2011 following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York.
As she recounts in her 1985 autobiographical novel Une Enfance à l’Eau Bénite (“A Holy Water Childhood”), she was born in Montreal right into a reasonable however largely “loopy” alcoholic household, dominated by her father’s reign of terror. She developed the drive to get out of her state of affairs and “rise above it” whereas going to a faculty run by nuns and afterward on the Sorbonne College, the place she obtained her doctorate in sociology. She acquired her love of the French language from her mom, who taught her diction classes from an early age, which helped her shed her Québécois accent. She stated this “enabled me to specific myself properly within the culturally disadvantaged Quebec of my childhood.”
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