Global National Ottawa Bureau Chief
Jacques Bourbeau is Global National’s connection to Parliament Hill and is the source for all federal political coverage.
As the Ottawa Bureau Chief, Jacques leads a talented and versatile news team. He has been with Global National since its inaugural broadcast in 2001, covering federal politics for more than a decade.
The Carleton University journalism graduate has reported on every federal election campaign since 1993, from the night Jean Chretien became Prime Minister to Stephen Harper’s move to power.
Jacques has also covered major stories such as the Oka crisis and 9/11. Additionally, His reporting on the fallout from the Canadian Airborne Regiment’s deployment to Somalia won him an RTDNA award.
Jacques’ career has been full of exciting journalistic adventures including following an undercover RCMP officer at 170 km/hr chasing a cigarette smuggler. He’s also uncovered political finance scandals including top civil servants travelling the world on taxpayer dollars and Senator Patrick Brazeau’s partially tax-payer funded legal battle to fight allegations that he improperly claimed expenses.
He also informed Canadians about how one new Senator spent $52,000 in a six month period travelling across the country and that senate committees were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars flying around the world in business class.
Jacques has also reported on federal government errors including the auction of a bulldozer for $5500 which the government later had to buy back for $65,000. Perhaps most notably, he reported on military spending; hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent moving top generals within the same city when they were on the verge of retirement.
As a result of Global’s and Jacques’ work, the government changed its policy. Most recently, Jacques was on the scene when Canadians expressed shock at the unprecedented attack on Parliament in Ottawa that left two dead, many in lockdown and heightened security across the country.
During his off hours, you will often find Jacques on a bicycle riding the back roads of the Ottawa Valley or hitting the rapids in a kayak. He loves spending time with his wife and children and re-charges