André Arthur is gone | The Quebec Newspaper

Former radio host André Arthur died on Sunday at the age of 78.

The news was confirmed late Sunday evening on his Twitter account. Relatives of the family also passed on the information to us. A few days earlier she had announced that she had COVID. The “banal Chinese influence”, she had mentioned on social media.

Since he has never done things like the others and never wanted to be “flat”, here is the message that was sent to his Twitter account late Sunday evening a few days after he was still active in giving his opinions on the news. : “Today, May 8, 2022 at Laval hospital, I died. I leave my son René (Jade), my 3 wonderful grandchildren, my daughter Pascale (Louis), my sweet Lucy and my brother Louis (Réjane) crying. “

“I have had the privilege of having had a career as a coach, sports referee, elected to the House of Commons as an independent without party loyalty, a place in the media that I hope has not left anyone indifferent and that I have managed to make you laugh”, he added.

To conclude, he recalled a phrase he repeated throughout his career:

“Do me a favor. In the gang we know everything !! We need to talk. AA.”

The king

With his frankness and his oratory flights, the controversial morning man has shockingly dominated the airwaves and Quebec radio ratings for a quarter of a century.

Agree or not, many people wanted to know André Arthur’s opinion on the topics of the day.

His ease allowed him to push himself beyond the limits of the profession and sometimes of good taste. He was the subject of numerous libel charges.

His style, which left no one indifferent, led him to the top of the AM band both at the CJRP and at the CHRC, the station with which he most identified.

At the presentation of the BLVD 102.1 program in August 2022, André Arthur will share the antenna with Nathalie Normandeau.

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At the presentation of the BLVD 102.1 program in August 2022, André Arthur will share the antenna with Nathalie Normandeau.

He was also co-owner from 1984 to 1995. He withstood rain or shine with his acolytes Marc Simoneau in sports and Myriam Ségal as a journalist-researcher. That was when he was trying. “A gang we know everything about. We need to talk. This sentence will become his trademark.

André Arthur started on the radio in 1970 for a summer job. The same year he abandoned his studies in political science to devote himself to radio. He was a Télé-4 host from 1972 to 1979.

On the radio he describes himself as the guest who defends the little people. In his public affairs program he often denounces the coarse bourgeoisie. He made the reputation of him.


May 8, 1984 will become a significant date for André Arthur and for all of Quebec when Corporal Denis Lortie will go to the radio station and deposit a cassette there with information on the acts he allegedly committed in the Quebec Parliament.

In court during Robert Gilet's appearance in the child prostitution case.

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In court during Robert Gilet’s appearance in the child prostitution case.

His relationship and his interviews with the owner of the Manoir Richelieu Raymond Malenfant will also mark the imagination. The saga between the entrepreneur and the unionist of the CSN Gérald Larose, Arthur will make the choice of him. His interview with Walter Sieber for Quebec City’s 2002 Olympic bid remains just as memorable in the world of radio.


From what he said on the radio, André Arthur had great admiration for his father. René Arthur was a civil servant who became chief of staff of the Liberal Party of Quebec. He hosted on Radio-Canada radio and was considered a person of great distinction. André Arthur’s son is called René. He briefly radioed to CHOI.

André Arthur ran for elections in 1994 as an independent provincial candidate and got 29% of the vote. In 1997, to the mayor of Quebec, he got 33% against Andrée Boucher.

He was eventually elected to the federal government twice (2006 and 2008), in the Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier ride, but was defeated in 2011. He once again attracted attention by combining the two functions, that of deputy and conductor. radio.

In 2006, while he was a deputy, he announced that he had prostate cancer.

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In 2006, while he was a deputy, he announced that he had prostate cancer.

The last comments that have reacted, André Arthur will have published them on Twitter. And it was on this platform on May 4th that he wrote that he had COVID.

“A trivial Chinese flu becomes a very ferocious blow to the back of the head with the discovery of an undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Legacy of cigarettes abandoned for over 40 years. “

The next day he was posting again. “At the hospital … At the beginning of the evening I arrive at my 34th” my dear “of the day. Spoken in the little voice of a day attendant, he wears down morale. “

Important appointments


He was born on December 21 to a Turkish father, radio host René Arthur and a mother from Quebec (Lucie Tanguay). The Arthur’s real surname was Isakian.


André Arthur made his Quebec radio debut at CHRC, the first steps of a long career on this station.


Again at Télé-4 (now TVA Québec).


He left CHRC for CJRP station, another AM station in Quebec.


André Arthur buys CHRC and its sister station, CHOI, along with three businessmen. He also returns as an animator.


Following the death of former Quebec journalist and Premier René Lévesque, who hosted the Montreal CKAC station, Arthur was recruited by this antenna to replace him. He also continues to work for CHRC.


Arthur leaves CHRC.


He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, from which he recovered.


Arthur returns to the CHOI in August. He will be shown the door in April 2016. He later stated that he would leave the radio forever.

September 2016

However, he picks up the microphone on the radio waves of BLVD 102.1, Quebec.


He was fired from the BLVD following comments deemed homophobic.

Political career

  • André Arthur ran for office in 1994 as an independent provincial candidate and got 29% of the vote.
  • In 1997, as candidate for mayor of the former municipality of Sainte-Foy, he obtained 33% of the votes against Andrée Boucher, the winner.
  • He was elected federal deputy for Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier twice (2006 and 2008), but was defeated in 2011.

– Julie Reaume

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