It is with deep sorrow that we have just learned of the passing of Adrien Cantin, one of French Ontario’s greatest journalists.
He first entered the media industry in the 1970s, with the weekly newspapers La Gazette de Maniwaki and Le Nord, in Hearst, his home town. Only 10 years later, he joined the ranks of the daily Le Droit and then moved on to radio and television, with Radio-Canada in Toronto and TFO on the public affairs program Panorama.
Adrien also worked at Collège La Cité, where he taught courses in journalism. After that, he became executive director of the Association de la presse francophone, a Canadian network of Francophone minority newspapers.
It is difficult to find the words to describe my profound sadness at this devastating loss. I have known Adrien for many years, and he was one of the first people to interview me as Commissioner almost 10 years ago. Never smug, always helpful, his stories were very fair and critical, but never simplistic. Visibly passionate about both his calling and his community, Adrien was able to make subjects more interesting and always looked at things from a deeply human perspective.
We have just lost a great spirit and a wonderful man. On behalf of the team at the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.