(born 23 July 1931 in Waterloo, Quebec
) is a Quebec
author, playwright, and screenwriter. He is the twin brother of Claude Fournier
and the uncle of Jean-Vincent Fournier
From 8 September 2005 to 19 September 2006 he was chairman of the board of directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
In May 2006, he attracted a number of complaints after an appearance on the Quebec television show Tout le monde en parle
in which he stated that at his age he enjoyed defecation
more than sexual intercourse.
In September 2006, Fournier penned a piece for the Quebec magazine 7 jours
in which he sought to make a point about treatment of homosexuals
, which included the line:
Following extremely negative public reaction to these remarks, he appeared on Tout le monde en parle
to apologize and indicate he would refrain from writing for 7 jours
in the future and instead concentrate on his CBC duties. However, several more days of news coverage followed, which also focused on his previous comments about defecation.
On 19 September 2006, Fournier resigned from his position as CBC chairman which was accepted by Heritages Minister Bev Oda
. Members of Parliament applauded Fournier's decision to step down - Independent MP André Arthur
being the only one known MP to denounce his resignation.