She Dared to Succeed
A Biography of the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin
Imprint: University of Ottawa Press
She Dared to Succeed (in French, Elle a osé réussir), delves into the life of a woman who, for more than 30 years, broke multiple glass ceilings in the Canadian media and political worlds. Well-known in the broadcasting industry, she was propelled to the political forefront following her appointment to the Senate of Canada (1995) and her election as President of the Liberal Party of Canada (2006).
She had to overcome many challenges throughout her career: sexism, prejudice against single mothers and career women, wage disparities, and harassment in the workplace. Above all, she experienced the opprobrium reserved for Senate members—all of whom were exonerated—targeted as part of the Senate expenses scandal (2012-2016). In this book, she bears witness to the human cost of this chapter of Canadian history.
This biography, with a foreword by the Hon. John Manley, is the fruit of impressive research by the author, who not only interviewed Madame Charette-Poulin at length, but also conducted 67 interviews, including with prominent Canadians such as Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney, the Honourable Sheila Copps, Sharon Carstairs, Mike Duffy, Hugh Segal, Céline Hervieux-Payette, Vivienne Poy, Linda Frum, Sheila Fraser, as well as judges Robert Desmarais, and Robert Del Frate.
She dared to succeed... despite it all.
Also available in French (Elle a osé réussir)
Available in hardcover, trade paperback, and accessible PDF et ePUB formats.
Chapter 1: Deep Roots
Chapter 2 Growing Up in Sudbury
Chapter 3: University Life: A Tale in Three Parts
Chapter 4: A Single Mother Returns to Canada
Chapter 5: The CBC: Reclaiming a Life
Chapter 6: Bernard and Family Life
Chapter 7: CBON (C’EST BON): The Birth of Public French Radio in Northern Ontario
Chapter 8: Going Home
Chapter 9: The NABET Strike
Chapter 10: Head Office
Chapter 11: VP Human Resources and Labour Relations
Chapter 12: Life after the CBC
Chapter 13: Called to The Senate
Chapter 14: Work and Life in the Senate
Chapter 15: A Franco-Ontarian Fights for Canada
Chapter 16: The Law
Chapter 17: President of the Party
Chapter 18: The Inquisition
Chapter 19: Enter the Auditor General
Chapter 20: The Aftermath, Fallout and Reaction
Chapter 21: Elaine and Valerie
Chapter 22: A Busy Post-Senate Life
List of People Interviewed