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25 février 2011
The Globe and Mail a fait un topo sur les 25 peronnalités les plus influentes au Canada. Paul Desmarais est le numéro un. On y apprend que Lucien Bouchard est son ami:
"Desmarais' unabashedly federalist views, and evidence that he has used his wealth and newspapers to promote them, have made him an unloved figure in most of francophone Quebec. Still, Desmarais does not as a rule discriminate among politicians, courting federalists and sovereigntists..
Desmarais befriended Lucien Bouchard when the latter was still a federalist and serving as Canada's ambassador in Paris, a post to which he was appointed by Desmarais' closest political soulmate, Brian Mulroney. But Desmarais remained pals with Bouchard even after he betrayed Mulroney, founded the Bloc Québécois and almost won the 1995 referendum. Desmarais always doubted Bouchard was a true separatist, and many see his influence in Bouchard's decision to throw in the towel in 2001. Similarly, Desmarais is said to have played a role in persuading Daniel Johnson Jr., whom he employed between 1973 and 1981, to step down as Quebec Liberal leader in favour of Jean Charest in 1998."