Lac Mégantic and politicians…

July 31, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
The tragedy of Lac Mégantic is terrible but it is extremely naive of politicians to believe that the train company will hasten to pay no contest and will not use up all the laws to share the responsibility as possible. 
Even the mighty Barack Obama was unable to have block the valve well while oil flowed in nature, even if common sense imposed the action but that the laws of the time allowed to wait… 
The role of politicians is to ensure that such events do not recur by imposing different rules, tougher and above all safer. The fault of the tragedy at Lac Mégantic is not only that of the train company but also governments at all levels (federal, provincial and municipal), who accepted and lived with the situation and regulations in place at the time. 
The solution to a tragedy never exist! 
What is destroyed never returns! 
Megantic village as it existed before Friday, July 6 will never exist again except in the memory … What will exist is the new Lac Mégantic and what it will become tomorrow with new rules and new economic priorities.
Photo 1: Pauline Marois, Mayor of Lake Megantic and Barack Obama;
Photo 2: Lac Mégantic after the tragedy;
Photo 3: Lake Magantic before the tragedy;
See report on the claims-Le Devoir;


July 30, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( – 
It is only 96 days of campaigning before the next Quebec municipal elections and the one in Montreal! 
I’ve decided on “half” of my vote… 
I will vote for the former journalist Philippe Schnobb as Ward Counselor but not for his leader as mayor! (Two different votes are recorded on each ballot) 
I’m really not excited by any of the candidates for mayor! I’ll probably have to fall back on the “least worst” from the list… My ideal candidate would be a kind Mario Dumont! 
Interested candidates for the post of mayor or councilor in Quebec have until Oct. 4 to submit their candidacy for the election of Sunday, November 3, 2013. 
If Mario Dumont is candidate for mayor of Montreal, I vote for him… 
Photo 1: Mario Dumont;
Photo 2: Philippe Schnobb;
Photo 3: City of Montreal;
See Guidelines for Candidates ; 
See page Twitter Mario Dumont ; 
See page Facebook Philippe Schnobb ;

The best year of my life …

July 29, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
A radio station in Montreal (CBC) recently asked its guests of the day what was the best year of their lives? The death of a relative or acquaintance, such as Luc Beauregard or victims of Lac Mégantic, also makes us think especially about this kind of philosophical question… 
Personally, my best year of life was the one of 1984. Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was elected on September 4, 1984 and I found myself in his team in Ottawa since I been a faithful organizer of the campaign, in New Brunswick. 
The atmosphere in Ottawa was amazing and the whole 1984 Brian’s team felt that the future belonged to us and that we could change the world! In my case, there were also the recent birth of my two children in 1982 and 1983, and all expectations that are attached to a new family. 
The memories of this year are among the warmest memory of my life. 
Unfortunately, no I have not changed the world… 
And you, which is the best year of your life? 
Photo 1: Bernard Bujold – Ottawa (1984);
Photo 2: Brian and Mila Mulroney – Baie Comeau (1984);
See pictures from 1984 ;

LUC BEAUREGARD (1941-2013)

July 29, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
Seriously ill for several months with cancer, Luc Beauregard (72 next month) died Friday July 26, 2013. He founded the public relations firm National. 
I had known the character well since in the late 1980s when his office was located at 1600 boul. Rene Levesque West, Montreal where we discussed the possibility that I opened an office of National in Ottawa. Finally, the negotiations did not succeed and it is Luc Lavoie who opened later the office in Ottawa and I found myself Assistant to the President of Quebecor, Pierre Peladeau. Oddly enough, the destiny wanted that the same Luc Lavoie became assistant to Pierre-Karl Peladeau a few years after I left Quebecor… 
Luc Beauregard and I stayed good friends until, for an unknown reason, Peladeau would not pay a $ 10,000 bill for advice provided by National Public Relations to a Quebecor subsidiary. Luc Beauregard approached me to be paid but I could not convince the president to do so… 
Beauregard was not revenger but he had a long memory. When Peladeau died in 1997 and I had to get myself a new employment, Luc often put a spoke in my wheels because of this story od a invoice refused. I even lost a job where I started in the morning but I had to leave in the afternoon after a phone call from National cabinet suggesting not to use my services or otherwise it would cause problems. It was in the government of Bernard Landry in 2002. 
I knew for several months that Luc was terminally ill with cancer. I never talked about this situation because I wanted to respect his agony. Even though we were on bad terms during the last year of his life, I retain a warm memory of Luc including a trip we had done together in the James Bay as an observer. That was in 1994! 
Luc Beauregard has marked the history of Montreal, as well as mine, and his departure saddens me because it also means the end of an important chapter in the book of my own life… 
No hard feelings dear Luc and goodbye! 
Photo 1 and 2: Luc Beauregard;
Photo 3: National Bureau of late 1980;
See the death of Luc Beauregard
See biographical text;

The new book by J.K. Rowling is a bestseller …

July 29, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
Several book stores in Montreal (including my favorite INDIGO) received hundreds of paper the new book by JK Rowling copies: “The cuckoo’s calling”.
I read the book in a few days and it’s really excellent. A real “page-turner” at its best. Moreover, the book has already exceeded Dan Brown’s book “Inferno” in the first position of the ranking sales in the E-Book section. It is interesting to note that the book initially signed by the nickname Robert Galbraith had received good reviews but did not sell. In London, they sold 400 copies only. Since the unveiling of the secret that the author is actually J.K Rowling, it is storm in bookstores everywhere and the editor have precipitated with the plates at the printer for reprints. It now expects to sell millions of copies. A difference that made ​​a name rather than another on the cover… 
But one conclusion remains inescapable, it is an outstanding book and it is to read! 
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2: J.K. Rowling;
See story The New York Times ;

Mick Jagger is 70 years old…

July 26, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
MICK JAGGER is 70 years old today (July 26, 2013).
He is happy with his life but he would have liked to be a teacher or a journalist as he considers singing “intellectually undemanding…” Jagger was a student at the London School of Economics when the Stones were starting out. 
Happy Birthday Mick!
Photo 1: Mick Jagger;
Photo 2: Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones;
See interview Mick Jagger ;

LA PRESSE of Montreal and its future…

July 25, 2013

by Bernard Bujold ( –
LA PRESSE of Montreal fired employees of its newsroom and some see it as a sign that La Presse + would not be profitable. 
The Journal of Montreal announced the layoffs: 

 “Three months after launching its application for tablet La Presse + at a cost of 40 million$, the daily La Presse comes to layoff discreetly seven employees of its newsroom. The information obtained by our Bureau of Investigation, was confirmed yesterday afternoon by a spokesman for the Montreal newspaper, which is part of Empire Power Corporation. “We would like to clarify that it is (…) seven layoffs of employees (Designers and journalists) surplus of the newsroom. We have no comment about it, “wrote us by email Anne-Marie Desautels, Senior Advisor, Communications.
Contacted, Professor of Communications at the University of Ottawa Marc-François Bernier was not surprised by the announcement. This is the sign of possible financial difficulties, he said. The free La Presse+ puts pressure on vendors of advertising and it is far from clear that La Presse+ fulfills its objective of this side currently, he said. “It’s hard to believe that La Presse + is profitable at the moment when looking at the state of the market. For what I understand, they want to sell the pub more expensive on a tablet than on paper. This is unheard of, ” he said. According to the media expert, La Presse stands apart by choosing give its content free on the Internet, whereas most other newspapers in Europe and North America have opted for a formula hybrid, where some items are paid. “There are not many people who understands the business model of La Presse +” he said. The professor admits to be  one of the skeptics on this business plan. “It will be terrible for jobs if La Presse + does not work” he expressed. “

Note that the editor Guy Crevier has never hidden its intention to phasing out its paper edition for the version Internet. The question: is he winning his challenge? 
To be continued…
Photo 1: La Presse Building;
Photo 2: Guy Crevier;
Photo 3: The Newsroom La Presse;
See interview with Guy Crevier at the launch La Presse + (April 2013) ;