Jacques Hébert

Jacques Hébert, writer, publisher, senator (b at Montréal 21 June 1923; d at Montréal 6 Dec 2007). He studied at Collège Ste-Marie, at St Dunstan's College, Charlottetown, and at the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal.

Hébert, Jacques

Jacques Hébert, writer, publisher, senator (b at Montréal 21 June 1923; d at Montréal 6 Dec 2007). He studied at Collège Ste-Marie, at St Dunstan's College, Charlottetown, and at the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal. Hébert published some 20 works (accounts of his adventures, stories, novels, studies), the best known being Coffin était innocent (1958) and Deux innocents en Chine rouge (with Pierre E. TRUDEAU, 1960). Hébert worked for Le DEVOIR 1951-53 and in 1954 founded the weekly Vrai, which he ran until 1959. Meanwhile, he joined the brilliant CITÉ LIBRE team as editorial secretary and administrator. He was then host and scriptwriter for public affairs programs at Radio-Canada (1962-70), then president and general manager of Éditions du Jour until 1974.

In 1980-82 Hébert was cochairman (with Louis APPLEBAUM) of the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee. Named a senator in 1983, he brought to this new task the experience of a communicator whose previous activities demonstrated his concern for justice and generosity. A founding member and former president of the Civil Liberties Union (Qué) and founding president of both Canada World Youth and KATIMAVIK, he responded eagerly when called upon to preside over the Special Senate Committee on Youth. Firm in his convictions, he staged a hunger strike in the Senate lobby when Katimavik's survival was threatened in 1986. The organization was revived, partly as a result of Hébert's unfailing support. Hébert wrote Hello World!: On Canada, the World and Youth in 1996 to support Canada World Youth. Hébert retired from the Senate in 1998.