THE NEXT POPE: Georg Gänswein…

February 28, 2013

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
Benedict XVI officially retires Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8 pm (time Paris-Rome). He leaves then by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo. 
My prediction on who the next Pope will be: Georg Gänswein. Why? Because the resignation of Benedict XVI is caused by crises at the Vatican and they need a Pope very strong. They say Gänswein he is not afraid of anything and he is very loyal to Benedict XVI. In addition he very familiar with the Vatican. It was he who discovered the plot of the recent stolen documents and he confronted the thief, the former butler of the Pope. In addition, several important member of the Church, as for one Mgr Jean-Claude Turcotte, said that the next pope could be someone other than one of the 117 members of the Conclave. The table is set for a candidate like Gänswein. 
According to me, Benedict XVI has resigned with the plan to be replaced by his faithful DON GEORG… 
A real novel like Dave Brown and his Da Vinci Code. 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1 and 3: Benedict XVI and Georg Gänswein;
Photo 2: Vatican City;
Photo 4: Georg Gänswein;
See the Vatican website 
See website Dan Brown ;


February 27, 2013

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
It felt like at the bottom of the slopes of Mont Tremblant after an afternoon of spring skiing but it was rather a gathering held in downtown Montreal and it was a student protest… 
If there is one conclusion to be drawn it is that the change of government in Quebec Parliament has done nothing to eliminate student discontent and there appears the return of spring maple, version 2013! Another conclusion is that the police do not have a sense of humor and do not like to be throw snowballs… 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1,2 and 3: Student Protest February 26, 2013;
See photo album ;

Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte left Montreal to Rome…

February 27, 2013

Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte leaving today (Tuesday 26 February 2013) to Rome to participate in the election of the new Pope. 
To be continued… 
Photo 1.2: Mgr Jean-Claude Turcotte;
See press conference ;

The McDonald’s week!

February 27, 2013

This is the week of free coffee in McDonald’s! A war to end the competitor Tim Hortons … 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1.2: McDonald’s;
See McDonald’s website 
See site Tim Hortons ; 
See story The Globe and Mail ;

OSCARS 2013 – The celebration of American cinema…

February 25, 2013

The Oscars 2013 has been the party of American cinema. It is even the wife of the President of the United States who presented the top award of the event. 
For Montrealers, this evening recalls the heyday of FFM (Montreal World Film Festival)… 
Photo 1,2,3: Oscar Night;
See story The Wall Street Journal 
See story The New York Times ; 
See The National Post ;

Ice Canoe Racing in Old Port of Montreal

February 24, 2013

Total of 37 teams participated in Ice canoe Racing in Montreal presented Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Old Port of Montreal. This competition is an endurance race very popular between Québec and Lévis. It was a return of the race to Montreal after 20 years of absence. 
Photo 1, 2, 3,and 4: Ice Canoe Racing Old Montreal ;


February 20, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
If there is a finding following current Charbonneau Commission hearings on the construction industry in Quebec is the obvious lack of knowledge of Italian culture by Commission officials! Anyone who has known Italians recognize in the speech of Nicolo Miliotto the original flavor and the typical old Italy. For an Italian, all life’s problems can be solved over coffee or a meal and you should never ask too many questions, because for an Italian, to be discreet is a feature that comes with birth. Some call this behavior Omerta… 
Is the witness lying? The old Italian saying responds well to the question: “To live a little, you have to cheat a little …” 
The Commission has made a strategic error by questioning the witness in French rather than Italian. Because the witness does not speak French well, you lose all the color and true thought. But it may also be the witness who chose this language for just, to cheat a little… 
“Per vivere un po, si deve imbrogliare un po.” 
“Buona giornata a tutti e viva l’Italia” 
Photo 1 and 2: Nicolo Milioto;
Photo 3: Commission Charbonneau;
See website Charbonneau Commission ; 
See comment La Presse ;

The Charbonneau Commission

February 19, 2013

You’d think it’s a music or hockey star! Judge France Charbonneau is displayed everywhere on giant billboards placed for Radio-Canada on the edges of highways to attract the attention of motorists from Montreal… 
The problem is that the Commission is serious and we should be away from the “star system”. But also another problem, all other media also broadcast the audience live… 
Photos 1 and 2: Poster advertising the Commission Charbonneau;
See Commission website ;

GAETAN FRIGON – The art of selling…

February 18, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
Gaétan Frigon has just published his autobiography. We can say about the star of the french TV show DANS L’OEIL DU DRAGON that he had previously been the best president of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and never, neither before or since, this company had a manager who was as knowledgeable and skillful as seller. 
This is actually what is holding the autobiography of Gaétan Frigon: he is a natural salesman and his success clearly demonstrate it! 
You cannot compare Frigon to a kind of entrepreneur like Pierre Peladeau or Paul Desmarais because he did not have the same kind of personality or character. Peladeau and Desmarais are killers at heart while Frigon is a salesman at heart. An entrepreneur wants to dominate his opponents and he takes pleasure in winning as does an athlete in competition. A seller wants to attract the public and convince it to buy the product he is offering. 
It is interesting to read the path of Gaétan Frigon since his time at Eaton through the SAQ and Loto Québec until his recent broadcast on TV as investors-dragon. You can see a summary of the book on his personal website.
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2: Photo Gaétan Frigon ;
See website Gaétan Frigon ;


February 15, 2013

The spring of 2013 is fast approaching … 
Photo 1: Old Montreal by Bernard Bujold;
See Flickr ;