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Pierre Bourque (journalist)

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Preceded by
  
Marc Laviolette

Role
  
Journalist

Best finish
  
101st (2009)

Residence
  
Ottawa, Canada

2011 position
  
28th

Succeeded by
  
Richard Cannings

Name
  
Pierre Bourque


Pierre Bourque (journalist)

Born
  
October 7, 1958 (age 65) (
1958-10-07
)

Profession
  
Journalist, race car driver

First race
  
2009 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)

Last race
  
2009 Lucas Oil 200 (Iowa)

Books
  
Government Online in Canada, FreeNet: Canadian Online Access, the Free and Easy Way, Car Buying Online For Dummies

Profiles

Pierre Bourque (born October 7, 1958), a journalist and former politician in Ottawa, Ontario, operates the online news aggregator site Bourque Newswatch (Newswatch).

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Politician

In March 1991, Bourque was appointed to Ottawa City Council and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton to fill a vacancy after Marc Laviolette became mayor, but lost to Richard Cannings in the election of that November. He ran then for Parliament in the 1993 Canadian election as a Liberal candidate in the Montreal riding of Rosemont, and lost to Bloc Québécois candidate Benoît Tremblay. He subsequently ran for Ottawa city council again in 1994, but was not elected.

In 2001, the Ryerson Review of Journalism (RRJ) criticized Bourque and Newswatch. RRJ said Bourque had not written some of his books but only acted as a researcher. In addition, many of Newswatch's breaking stories had often been inaccurate. RRJ also reported that, despite Bourque's web traffic claims, a random sample indicated that Canadian Internet users had not visited the Newswatch site and that no major Canadian journalist used Newswatch as a source.

Newswatch has also been criticized for allowing advertisers to purchase headlines and to "torque" them to highlight a positive news story about itself or a negative story about an opponent.

Racing driver

Bourque has been a race car driver in the NASCAR Busch East Series and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand Touring

(key) Bold – Pole Position. (Overall Finish/Class Finish).

References

Pierre Bourque (journalist) Wikipedia


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