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Date Aired or Published Sept.20, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Radio Fredericton
Name of Program: Information Morning
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Location: Fredericton
List awards, grants: none
Running time (TV/Radio): 26:53

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AJA 2014 Category: Best Information News Radio Program Entry: The LaPierre Scandal Entrant: Fredericton Information Morning Air Date: 7-8 am, Sept. 20, 2013 Runs: 26:53 Synopsis: One minute, he’s the bedrock of expert advice New Brunswick's political leaders need. The next, he's an embarrassment to them. The Louis LaPierre scandal in September 2013 left plenty of questions to be answered by the province's political leaders. Dr. Louis LaPierre had been a constant through many governments, called upon for his scientific expertise to resolve some of most sensitive environmental issues faced by the province. In September 2013, a Radio-Canada and CBC investigation revealed LaPierre built his career on fake credentials. His CV boasted a PHd that didn't exist from the University of Maine in a discipline - Ecology - that had never been part of the school’s cirriculum. The series of revelations ended in LaPierre's public confession on the front pages of a Moncton newspaper and his resignation as chair of the province's new energy institute. In that role, he had been chief cheerleader of the government's controversial plan to move forward with shale gas exploration. Now it was time for our show to shine at one of things it does best, holding politicians to account. And in this half hour we invited Energy Minister Craig Leonard to answer to the controversy about LaPierre's credentials and to explain how they had gone unchecked for so long. Our newscast after the interview continued the look into LaPierre's record. Reporter Rachel Cave examines LaPierre's decision to give a thumbs-up to shale gas exploration despite chairing a series of public consultations at which he heard overwhelming opposition to the idea. All of this dovetailed nicely into the next segment of the half hour, our weekly political panel. It's a lively, no-holds-barred debate about the scandal and its implications for the David Alward government. We submit that our submission reflects Information News Radio at its best - inquiring, insightful, reflective...and always engaging.

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