L-R: Michèle Boisvert, deputy editor, La Presse; Jacques Benoit, journalist; Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond; La Presse editor Philippe Cantin; Philippe-Denis Richard, Vice-President, Legal Affairs.
La Presse was awarded a 2007 Citation of Merit for its series of investigative stories revealing how the SAQ, Quebec’s liquor board, had artificially raised the price of wine and spirits to take advantage of the falling value of the Euro.
The photo taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 8, 2007.
The first award covered the calendar year 1970. Since then, a rich variety of news organizations have had their names inscribed on Michener trophies – print and broadcast, large and small, French and English, East and West. The Michener was also the first national journalism award open to both broadcast and print media. The award goes to the news organization itself, rather than the individual journalists involved in the story.