Former “Seven Days” co-host, retired senator LaPierre dead at age 83
OTTAWA — Laurier LaPierre, former Liberal senator and co-host of the iconic CBC program This Hour has Seven Days, has died. He was 83.
Federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae confirmed LaPierre’s sudden passing on Monday afternoon, describing his former colleague as an accomplished scholar and passionate advocate for key Canadian issues.
“From academia and journalism, to his tireless advocacy for bilingualism, the arts and gay rights, Laurier was an exceptional Canadian who touched the lives of many,” Rae said in a statement.
LaPierre’s former Senate colleague and friend Jim Munson echoed Rae’s sentiments, calling his friend an extraordinary person with the gift of adding zest to any situation.
The feisty passion that made him a household name during his career with the CBC was still in evidence as recently as two weeks ago when he attended local political events in Ottawa, Munson said, adding LaPierre’s penchant for laughter and mischief was as much a part of his personality as his desire to fight for the underdog.