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Chantal Hebert

National Affairs Columnist - Toronto Star and Contributor "At Issue Panel" - CBC's The National

Fluently bilingual, Hébert relocated to Toronto from Québec as a youngster. She spoke no English at that time and learned about the challenges of living in a country with two official languages – a relationship that is central to Canada’s history and continues to influence politics and government policy.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

National Affairs: Politics from Coast to Coast
Hebert looks at what’s making news across the country and examines how political developments are impacting Canadians from coast to coast.

  • "You provided a high powered and thought-provoking keynote address that got many delegates thinking about the recent federal election and the political landscape in Canada. As professionals working to advance the cause of education in Canada it was very valuable to get your thoughts on where education stood on the political agenda." - Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)
  • "Everyone LOVED Chantal...she definitely was a success and was always named in the top two presenters of the Conference when we were asking people about their personal highlight of the event." - Canadian Bar Association
  • "Chantal Hébert . . .may be the country's most consistently insightful analyst of federal politics, especially as it plays in Quebec." - Maclean's

Summary Profile

Chantal Hébert brings a truly distinct voice to the discussion of current events – that of a francophone living in English Canada.

Fluently bilingual, Hébert relocated to Toronto from Québec as a youngster. She spoke no English at that time and learned about the challenges of living in a country with two official languages – a relationship that is central to Canada’s history and continues to influence politics and government policy.

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and is a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on the CBC’s The National as well as Radio-Canada’s Les Coulisses du pouvoir.  She had also previously been a guest columnist for Le Devoir and L’Actualité.

Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada radio. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse.

Hébert is a graduate of Glendon College, York University. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowship (Malaysia and Japan).

She is the 2005 recipient of the APEX Public Service Award. In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award. She is the author of a 2007 book titled French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec. In 2012, she was appointed to the Order of Canada

Hébert is Canada’s foremost commentator with first-hand knowledge of the dynamics that shape much of the decisions and policies on Parliament Hill.