Remembering Doc Mailloux: A Maverick Voice in Quebec Media

Doc Mailloux


The recent passing of Pierre Mailloux, widely known as Doc Mailloux, has left a void in the Quebec media landscape. The controversial psychiatrist and media personality, who embraced an unapologetically candid approach, breathed his last at the age of 74. This article pays tribute to his unique character, capturing the essence of his life, career, and the impact he made on those who knew him.

A Maverick’s Journey Begins:

Pierre Mailloux, born on January 14, 1949, in Normandin, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, ventured into the field of psychiatry after studying at the Université Laval and McGill University. His career took an unexpected turn when he gained public attention for his role as an expert witness in the trial of Denis Lortie, responsible for the 1984 shooting at the National Assembly.

From Airwaves to Controversy:

In the late 1970s, Mailloux stepped into the world of radio, hosting an array of shows that evolved over the years. His iconic beard, professorial glasses, and distinctive limp (a result of a car accident) became familiar to audiences. However, it was his unfiltered opinions and controversial statements that truly set him apart.

The Controversial Persona:

Doc Mailloux was no stranger to controversy. In 2005, during an appearance on Tout le monde en parle, he stirred controversy by asserting that the average IQ of Black and Indigenous individuals was significantly lower than 100. Despite facing backlash and temporary suspensions from the Quebec College of Physicians, he remained steadfast in his convictions.

Battling with Authorities:

Over the years, Mailloux faced multiple temporary suspensions from the Quebec College of Physicians for alleged diagnostic errors, prescribing high doses of antipsychotics, and charging fees for services covered by the provincial health insurance. In 2017, his attempt to contest these sanctions in the Supreme Court was unsuccessful, marking a chapter in his ongoing struggle with the medical authorities.

Legacy and Last Days:

Despite the controversies, Pierre Mailloux was cherished by many. Fondly known as “Doc,” he had a unique way of standing up against conformity. His last days were spent battling a severe kidney infection, and he chose to embrace medical assistance in dying. Just two days before his 75th birthday, he peacefully bid farewell to the world.


Doc Mailloux’s legacy is one of defiance, controversy, and, above all, an unwavering commitment to expressing his views. As Quebec mourns the loss of a free spirit, it reflects on the impact of a man who dared to be different in a world that often prefers conformity.

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