Michel Vastel: a great journalist has left the room

    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Michel Vastel, one of the
French-language journalists who most strongly marked political coverage of the
past four decades, passed away today, August 28, in Bedford, in Quebec's
Eastern Townships, following a truly valiant battle with cancer. Those who
knew him know the greatness of the man we have lost.
    In homage to this uncommon journalist, L'actualité will post the most
significant pieces of his 31-year career with our magazine on our Web site.
From Jean Chrétien to Stephen Harper with Brian Mulroney, Lucien Bouchard and
Robert Bourassa along the way, all of the leaders of the past 30 years fell
under the unflinching gaze and sharpened pen of Michel Vastel. The breadth and
scale of his work is staggering - particularly considering that for all of
those years he was also parliamentary correspondent for one or another of
Quebec's major dailies, and regularly provided commentary on breaking
political news for both TV and radio.
    To honour the man and his contribution to public life, his blog on
www.lactualite.com will remain active for a time to allow those who knew him
as well as those who enjoyed sparring with him to salute him in their own way.
    To Geneviève, his wife, and to Violaine, Anne and Marie, his daughters,
on behalf of the entire team of L'actualité, I wish to tell you how honoured
we have been to work with Michel. Details regarding his funeral will be made
public in the days to come.

For further information:

For further information: Josée Fournier, Director of Marketing,
L'actualité, (514) 843-2596; Source: Carole Beaulieu, Editor in Chief,

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