Canada in the Second World War


Marcel Ouimet

Marcel Ouimet was born in Montreal, Québec in 1915. He attended the University of Ottawa and the School of Socia Studies of l’Université de Paris. A journalist with Ottawa’s newspaper “Le Droit”, and perfectly bilingual, in 1939, he was recruited by Radio-Canada, the francophone public radio of the CBC, and sent overseas. In 1943, he followed the Canadian army to Italy and in 1944-45, covered the entire Northwest Europe Campaign. He landed on D-Day in Bernières-sur-Mer, shortly after the initial assault waves. For this French-Canadian reporter, the historical bond linking Canada Normandy was amply demonstrated on D-Day.