Pierre Bourque (journalist)

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Pierre Bourque
Ottawa City Councillor for By-Rideau Ward
In office
February 1991 – December 1991
Preceded by Marc Laviolette
Succeeded by Richard Cannings
Personal details
Born (1958-10-07) October 7, 1958 (age 55)
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Profession Journalist, race car driver
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 101st – 2009
First race 2009 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)
Last race 2009 Lucas Oil 200 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
33 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
2011 position 28th
Best finish 15th - 2010
First race 2006 Griddly Headz 100 (Edmonton)
Last race 2011 Wild Wing 300 (Barrie)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0
Statistics current as of June 17, 2012.
Bourque's 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car

Pierre Bourque (born October 7, 1958), a journalist and former politician in Ottawa, Ontario,[1] operates the online news aggragator site Bourque Newswatch (Newswatch).

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.[2] 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.[2] He subsequently ran for Ottawa city council again in 1994, but was not elected.[2]

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.[2]

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.[1]

Bourque has been a race car driver in the NASCAR Busch East Series and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]


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

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

Grand Touring[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Cheadle, Bruce (January 15, 2007). "How much for a friendly headline?". Globe and Mail. p. A7. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d Heller, Joshua (Summer 2001). "The Wrong Man". Ryerson Review of Journalism (School of Journalism, Ryerson University). Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Pierre Bourque". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 

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