April 30, 2013

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
The former Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay is a man of intelligence and of great kindness. What he is not, however it is a tough manager… 
Gérald Tremblay was born on September 20,  1942 in Ottawa. He is 70 years old. Tremblay is a graduate in law from the University of Ottawa in 1969 and he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School in Boston obtained in 1972. He was a teacher and lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) from 1974 to 1977, ran a consulting firm and the famous “Fédération des caisses d’entraide économique du Québec” in 1981 and 1982. He was then shareholders of various companies in the areas of hospitality and retail sales from 1982 to 1986, including “Dans un Jardin”, a company which would, they say, put him well off financially. 
In 1989, he decided to go into politics and was elected Liberal MP for Outremont and appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology in Bourassa cabinet where he invented the famous “Grappes industrielles”. 
Taking advantage of the declining popularity of Pierre Bourque, after the “mega-merger” of the 29 municipalities of the island of Montreal into a single entity, he was elected mayor of Montreal in the municipal elections of November 4, 2001. He will be mayor until his resignation November 5, 2012. 
With hindsight, we can say that his decision to become mayor was the worst of his career, if not in the achievements, certainly in terms of his personal history. 
Running a city is not an intellectual task, what is fundamentally Gérald Tremblay. He would have made an excellent ambassador or rector at a large university as retirement job but not the mayor of a city. 
Tracking the Mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume, also an entrepreneur who succeeded, is comparable to that of the former mayor of Montreal except that Labeaume is not an intellectual. He is a tough guy! 
Labeaume would not have caved in front of a Prime Minister not warm to him…
Another tough guy was Mayor Jean Drapeau, who despite his financial failures both on a personal level as in the Olympic Games, we can say that he knew how to give a boost to Montreal as an international city and he made history in this regard. 
It is very sad to see the career of Gerald Tremblay completed as it did and his mistake has been to take one risk too much, outside his talents, thinking he could win because he won a lot in the past. 
The key to success in life depends on two specific elements: 
1. Discover and exploit our personal talents; 
2. Know when to stop playing once a winner and never risk all his winning on a new game in life! 
In conclusion, we hope that the next mayor of Montreal will be tough, honest and man or woman of vision. To be continued … 
Photo 1: Gérald Tremblay;
Photo 2: Pierre Bourque;
Photo 3: Régis Labeaume;
Photo 4: Jean Drapeau;
See website of Montréal City ; 
See website of Québec City ;

Quebec Photographer André Boucher

April 29, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
Quebec photographer André Boucher will exhibit his works from May 1st to May 26, 2013, very colorful contemporary digital photographs, at Espace La Fontaine Park under the title: “CONNEXIONS INTIMES”. 
André Boucher is a former photojournalist I had known during my time as a young journalist at the National Assembly of Quebec in 1976 while he was with LE SOLEIL. Boucher has since become artistic photographer. 
This is France Théberge, daughter of the great Canadian and Quebec painter Claude Théberge (1934-2008) best known for his painting, his murals, stained glass and sculptures but especially for its “umbrella”, who has recently contacted me to let me know about the exposition of photographer Boucher. I was a friend of the painter and his daughter at a time when I was very much involved in the art community but it was in another life… 
However, after seeing some pictures that will be displayed during the exhibition, we must admit that the artist photographer André Boucher has a lot of talent. 
The Lafontaine Space is located at 3933 Avenue du Parc-La Fontaine and the opening of the exposition will be held on Wednesday, May 1, from 5pm to 9pm. Thereafter, it will be free admission from Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. 
Photo 1: André Boucher (photo Jacques Nadeau);
Photo 2: Photo of two works in the exhibition;
Photo 3: René Lévesque (photo André Boucher);
Photo 4: Work of the painter Claude Theberge;
See website facebook André Boucher;

The Good Wife has chosen …

April 29, 2013

The Good Wife has chosen and its choice was totally unpredictable… 
This is the rockie young lawyer who seems to have won against the other two much more experienced opponents and tougher… 
This television series produced by CBS is one of the best currently among those broadcast on major TV networks and in particular regarding the dynamics that exist in the legal world in the law firm. An inspiration to all lawyers … 
CBS TV season is ending  ends and the episode of Sunday, April 28 was the last before next September. One could review the program on Global (Canada). 
To be continued in September
Picture 1-4, The Good Wife;
See site Facebook The Good Wife
See Global Site;

Nicolas Sarkozy visit to Montreal…

April 25, 2013

Nicolas Sarkozy was speaking in Montreal on Thursday, April 25 at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. A speech with an economic and philosophical flavor to about 700 people. Nicolas Sarkozy has lost none of its style and humor. 
According to him, the continuity of the euro is essential to the survival of Europe. If the Euro implodes, the Union will explode and it will be his end. Obviously it is his conviction and he admits that he will have to see if the facts prove him right. 
According to the former French President, European countries must change their mode of governance and find ways to boost economic output. The price war and priority to the consumer must be modified in order to promote the production in factories. The challenge is huge because the problems are bigger than before, people are more demanding than ever and more media from the Internet continually seek error. 
According to Sarkozy, leadership is thinking before the other and to impose his ideas before the others. The political leader must fight against all other politicians and especially win elections. According to Nicolas Sarkozy Europe must find a new democratic model. He also believes that in times of crisis, the referendum is the most dangerous policy instruments because 9 times out of 10, a referendum ends badly. Sarkozy evidently considers it necessary to cut public spending and to reduce the expenses of the State. 
On terrorism, he believes that no country is immune and that the only option for governments is to act firmly against those responsible. 
Asked about his new life after politics, he said he knew before becoming President that this task was temporary. He says he loves politics not for political prestige but for the action and the act of deciding. He says he wants to live with passion and he bites into her new life. He also notes the fragility of life and wants to live accordingly. Nobody asked him about his love affair with Carla Bruni but everyone looking at Nicolas Sarkozy also have in mind that he is the one who attracted the beautiful Italian. Many of the participants who attended the luncheon were saying to be disappointed that she was not accompanied her husband to Montreal… 
Photo 1 and 3: Nicolas Sarkozy
Photo 2; Palais des congrès ;
Photo 4: Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni ;
See report ;

NCIS – CBS dominates American television …

April 24, 2013

NCIS series produced by CBS continues to dominate widely the rating of all American TV broadcasters. 
As the season draws to a close, the scenarios are very dynamic as to generate attention for the new season in September.  In the case of NCIS, the episode of April 23 was very dramatic and it is expected that the last two episodes will be up to the outstanding episode of the season which is closing. 
To be continued… 
Photo 1: NCIS-CBS – Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo;
See report viewership ; 
See CBS Facebook page ;

René Homier-Roy leave his morning show on Radio-Canada …

April 24, 2013

René Homier Roy (73 years old) leave the morning show at Radio-Canada at the end of the season in June. He hosts the morning show since 1998. It will host another show, unidentified, in September. 
Marie-France Bazzo will replaces him. 
To be continued… 
Photo 1: René Homier-Roy;
Photo 2: Marie-France ÙÙBazzo ;
Photo 3: Building CBC Montreal;
See website Radio-Canada ; 
See story La Presse ;


April 23, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
The author Kim Thúy published in early April her new novel Mãn. 
A book that already ranks first in the weekly sales ranking of Quebec books. The novel of Kim is as great as her first Ru which had been very successful. Kim Thúy’s fans will enjoy this second book because the particular style and way of thinking of this author are once again at the “rendez-vous”. 
A short book (only 153 pages), but the depth and beauty of the text outweigh the length too short. 
Read it! 
Photo 1: Cover of the book Mãn and Kim Thúy.
See the website of the publisher ;

The future of newspapers…

April 22, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
Some of the newspapers amongst the most historic and prestigious in United States are currently for sale. There is in particular a group of eight newspapers including The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times and the value would approach U.S. $ 623 million. 
The price is relatively affordable considering the U.S. $ 5 billion that Rupert Murdoch paid for The Wall Street Journal in 2007. However, one may wonder about the future of newspapers and the value of investments in this sector. 
In Quebec, the group La Presse has launched LA PRESSE+. The cost of this project would be around  $ 40 million. The public reaction to LA PRESSE+ is rather cold as many said that they are missing the old web formula but it would not be until a couple months from now that we will be able to determine if the experiment is successful or not. The new format LAPRESSE+ give great importance to advertising specifically adapted for iPad. 
One thing is sure: the newspapers industry is in total upheaval and the people in charge are searching a new mission for the newspaper industry. 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1: The Chicaco Tribune;
Photo 2: The Los Angeles Times;
Photo 3: La Presse;
Photo 4 and 5: Printing paper journals;
See story The New York Times ; 
See analysis LAPRESSE+ by Radio-Canada (See episode April 22 Michel C Auger) ;


April 20, 2013

Allen Neuharth died Friday, April 19, 2013 at the age of 89 years old. 
He founded the newspaper USA Today in 1982. He then invented a new dynamic presentation of the paper and his creations have been subsequently used for the design of several news sites on Internet, as well as the presentation of other newspapers around the world. 
News briefs, color photos and graphic layout approaching the TV picture are the specifics of his vision of a modern newspaper.
Photo 1: Allen Neuharth;
See website USA Today ;

The project LA PRESSE

April 19, 2013

By Bernard Bujold ( –
The new project LA PRESSE exceeds journalism. 
I approached unsuccessfully in 2005-2006 the direction of La Presse in offering my own media project on Internet but at the time only LE DEVOIR was convinced about the web future. Videotron then dominated the Internet in Quebec but his Journal de Montreal did not even have a website… 
Things have moved very quickly since, and if several projects have been launched, many others were also closed! 
In 2006 I had also made approaches with News Corp. They had not accepted my project, but one year later, they launched their own initiative and with great publicity: The Daily… closed today because unprofitable. The Daily was a large copy cat of my small project
In the case of La Presse, their project is different from the Daily and I would predict that their target is to reduce the newspaper and media content and turn themself into a giant advertising agency. A kind of hub airport of advertising with the name La Presse at the top. 
The key to success in the field of communications is money and the newspaper La Presse is basically in a dying industry. Advertising is more promising… and certainly more profitable. The building of the St-Jacques was taken over by Power Corp recently and La Presse will probably move soon in a commercial rented space. 
Conclusion: the portrait of the Quebec media is in transformation, but the media is not in growth mode. The advertising sector however is in growth mode. 
The project La Presse therefore has a good chance to succeed and be profitable! 
To be continued.
Photo 1: Logo and iPad The Daily;
See website LA PRESSE ;