Violinist, financier and COVID-19 survivor, Pierre Bournaki will run as candidate for the Conservative Party for the Châteauguay-Lacolle riding in the next federal election.
His nomination was announced during a Zoom press conference held Thursday. “Pierre is a businessman. He connects with people. He is a good communicator. He works hard and that’s the key to success,” said Richard Martel, MP representing Chicoutimi-Le-Fjord and Quebec lieutenant for the Conservative Party as he introduced Bournaki.
Mr. Bournaki currently works as a portfolio and pension fund manager. He is the son of a Greek immigrant father and Quebec-born mother and currently resides in Westmount, but grew up in Châteauguay. “I lived in Châteauguay from the age of 4 until I was 20. I left to study,” recounted the 62 year-old. “You are people I know well and I share your concerns and aspirations for a better quality of life and for our children’s future,” he maintained.
His love for the violin led him to The Juilliard School in New York City. He earned a Master’s degree. “After playing my violin on so many stages the world over, I completed a Master’s in international finance at the renowned Columbia University in New York and throughout my professional career I have acquired recognized expertise in the investment sector,” he stated.
He considers these two feathers in his cap to be assets for the position he covets. “As an astute businessman, I know what I am talking about when it comes to finance and the economy,” he asserted. “And as an artist at heart, I am particularly sensitive to the protection and promotion of the arts, culture and language, as well as to openness to the world and the richness that comes from different cultures.”
“I am convinced that the Conservative Party will become Quebec’s best ally in this area, it was the party that unequivocally recognized Quebec as a distinct nation in 2006,” the aspiring candidate explained.
Pierre Bournaki revealed that he survived the serious form of COVID-19. “I was one of the first people in intensive care last March. I was sick for five days before being admitted to hospital,” he said. He assured that his health has completely recovered. “I am fully recovered. I feel even better than before,” he stated.
Mr. Bournaki doesn’t know where he caught the coronavirus. “It isn’t easy to tell,” he observed. He specified that he had not travelled prior to falling ill.
(Translation Amanda Bennett)