Watch: Camille Ross sits down with Parti Quebecois leadership contender Pierre Karl Péladeau
MONTREAL — Some might know him as Quebec’s media baron, owning and running an empire which constitutes about half of the media in the province, while others know Pierre Karl Péladeau as a newly minted politician who is running in the Parti Quebecois’ leadership race.
But did you know Péladeau holds a philosophy degree?
Here are five other things you may not have known about the man mostly known as “PKP.”
1. He can carry a tune
“J’ai compris tous les mots, j’ai bien compris, merci…” Péladeau’s impromptu rendition of Celine Dion’s Pour que tu m’aimes encore could be heard around the Global Montreal studios this morning during his interview with Morning News anchor Camille Ross.
And although he doesn’t fancy himself a good singer, he said if he weren’t a media mogul turned politician, he’d try his hand at singing.
Needless to say, he has an impressive iTunes library, and we got a taste of it all throughout our interview as he played some of his favourite songs.
Curious to know what’s on his list? From Quebec’s greatest such as Jacques Brel, Paul Piché, Beau Dommage to international stars like Lady Gaga and of course, The Rolling Stones.
Just don’t get your hopes up, he doesn’t plan to be a guest on longtime partner Julie Snyder’s singing competition La Voix.
2. The craziest thing he’s ever done is parasailing
He also loves to ski, something he can’t do anymore as a snowboarding accident in France injured him and left him with a few new life mates: “I have twelve bolts in one of my legs,” he confessed.
He hasn’t abandoned his love for snow though. Come winter, you can see him cross-country skiing in Mount Orford, Quebec.
3. His favourite celebrity is Celine Dion
“We don’t see her much, as she now lives in Vegas,” he said.
She did visit the Péladeau family over the summer, as she was chosen to be Godmother to their youngest daughter, Romy.
4. He is a vegetarian
And has been one for the last 14 years. It’s no coincidence 14 is also the number of years he’s been with his partner, Julie Snyder.
“She turned me into a vegetarian and I would never go back,” he said proudly.
“My children have never tasted meat.”
So it may come as no surprise to hear his comfort food is a Caesar Salad: “The one from Les Enfants Terribles on Bernard,” he added.
5. Les Ordres is one of his favourite movies
“Les Ordres is a 1974 Quebec historical drama film about the incarceration of innocent civilians during the 1970 October Crisis,” he said, when one of Loco Locass’ hits came up on his playlist, causing him to break into song.
“Libérez-nous des Libéraux!” he sang at the top of his lungs, while stomping his feet to the tune.