PETER MACKAY LEAVES POLITICS

May 29, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Peter MACKAY is leaving politics and Stephen Harper to return to live in New Scotland with his family … He will not be of the next October election! 
His departure may mean that the new dolphin to lead the Conservative Party of Canada would be, as the rumor runs for several months, Jean Charest, who is preparing for the post-Harper in a few years. Sources from the world of politics are running this idea of a comeback by Jean Charest and we do not speak of the next October election. We talk to after that. 
Or Harper will want to stay or he will leave in the coming years and this is where Charest would come into play. But that these are projections by stands “managers”…
As for Peter, it is said that his wife, political activist and former beauty queen, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, wants to do politics. She could be the one that takes over but not with the Conservative Party… 
Peter likes to live time at his father’s farm more than in Ottawa. The MacKay are a bit the Péladeau of Nova Scotia in the wood industry and as landowner, a notorious family (if not a rich one). 
Peter’s father, Elmer, is a man of great kindness and generosity with a very deep respect for the people around him. He is himself a former career politician at the time of Brian Mulroney. 
I personally have known Elmer during my years in Ottawa and if I had to choose a companion to live and survive on a desert island, I would choose Elmer MacKay. A real good and generous human guys! 
The son Peter is a lucky man and fostered by life. He turns 50 in September, when he and his wife expected a second baby (a girl) also in September. 
To be continued! 
Photo 1: Peter MacKay;
Photo 2: Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper;
Photo 3: Peter MacKay with his son;
Photo 4: Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and his son;
Photo 5: Elmer MacKay;
SEE STORY RESIGNATION PETER MACKAY
SEE STORY ELMER MACKAY
SEE STORY NAZAMIN AFSHIN-JAM MACKAY;

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GENIE BOUCHARD – THE FUTURE OF A STAR…

May 28, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Is this the end of the career of Genie Bouchard in tennis? 
Two things seem to indicate that this could be the case very soon! 
First her statements at a press conference after her crushing defeat Tuesday, May 26 in the first round at Roland Garros 2015 against a player ranked 52nd (Bouchard was 7th in the world rankings at the time of the game). 
Genie says that she no longer recognizes herself on the grounds of tennis – in her own words. There is also this recent story published in the fashion magazine FLARE where we learn that Genie has signed with the agency IMG MODELS and that she “loves” the fashion business: “…Right now, Bouchard relishes (greatly enjoy) the off-court opportunities, Especially those related to fashion. Last year, she signed with IMG Models and posed for FLARE and Vogue. Her mantra for everyday dressing is” Stay young, “Because she knows she will not be able to pull off miniskirts forever…” 
Several of her Quebec fans will certainly be very disappointed if Genie ever leaves tennis but, as Réjean Tremblay wrote in his newspaper: “Genie has not asked to be the beloved star of Quebecers. It is Quebecers that took possession of her to make their stars from it!” 
At the end, Genie may have other, more international and more lucrative ambitions financially…
However, as Andre Agassi said, who has experienced the same kind of difficulties during his own career in tennis, Genie Bouchard must found herself by herself and to know how to make the right choices in her entourage. 
To be continued!
Photo 1 and 2: Genie Bouchard;
Photo 3: Andre Agassi (photo by EvaBlue);
SEE COMMENTARY BY TREMBLAY RÉJEAN ON BOUCHARD AMBITIONS
SEE STORY ON THE BOUCHARD DEFEAT AT ROLAND GARROS
SEE FLARE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW AND STORY
SEE COMMENTARY BY ANDRE AGASSI;


ALEC BALDWIN AND GENEVIÈVE SABOURIN IN MONTREAL

May 28, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
The least we can say is that the actor Alec Baldwin is not afraid of anything and he did not hesitate a moment to come and host a conference in Montreal, the city of Genevieve Sabourin, the very one woman that he send before the US Justice (Justice that sent Genevieve six months in prison …). 
Some might see it as a form of provocation… 
Alec has nevertheless kept a small reserve by not bringing in Montreal his wife and children but he talked constantly about them during his lecture. He reiterated that his great passions in life are his wife and children. 
Alec did not mention the name Genevieve once and the host have not questioned him either… 
And concerning Genevieve, as one could understand, she had not been invited by the organizers! 
Photo 1: Genevieve Sabourin and Alec Baldwin;
Photo 2: Ken Nagano and Alec Baldwin;
Photo 3 and 4: Geneviève Sabourin;
SEE STORY LA PRESSE;


JOURNALIST AT WALMART – HUGO MEUNIER

May 25, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
I had read the story published in La Presse by Hugo Meunier but not his book. 
The book telling the story of infiltration as an employee of Walmart for three months by Hugo Meunier is fascinating but especially enlightening about the status of department stores employees. 
If there is a conclusion, it is the finding of sadness surrounding the working conditions of Walmart workers… One does not return to those stores without a kind of compassion. 
Reading this book also made me take a personal promise: “I’ll never be rude to a Walmart employee, or another retail chain…
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2: Hugo Meunier;
SEE STORY LA PRESSE;


FRANÇOIS BUGINGO THE JOURNALIST

May 24, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
The revelation about François Bugingo’s journalist reports that would be false are very upsetting, especially for the Quebec media. 
I worked once in person with Bugingo and he had delivered the goods, photos in evidence… 
It was the first visit to Canada by Ingrid Betancourt on September 24, 2009 (there were other visits thereafter but organized by his publisher). 
The 2009 visit was full of dignitaries from the President of CBC Hubert Lacroix, Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Ambassador of France to Canada François Delattre, the renowned journalist Dennis Trudeau, etc. 
François Bugingo was president of Reporters without borders, Canada section. 
I have not maintained contact with Bugingo thereafter except on Facebook while we became “friends”. 
I am sad about Bugingo charges because he was an individual respectful and nice. 
But I am also angry against this situation. 
If the allegations are false, then La Presse (Isabelle Hachey) will pay the price; if these are true, then it will be the end of what has been the false career of this journalist FRANÇOIS BUGINGO. 
To be continued!
Photo 1: François Bugingo and Isabelle Hachey;
Photo 2 and 3: Ingrid Betancourt;
Photo 4: Hubert Lacroix and François Bugingo;
Picture 5 and 6: François Bugingo (2009);
SEE STORY VISIT INGRID BETANCOURT SEPTEMBER 2009
SEE STORY LA PRESSE MAY 23 2015
SEE REACTION FRANÇOIS BUGINGO;


MAKAZIWE MANDELA VISITS MONTREAL

May 22, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, was in Montreal for the day on Friday May 22  and I had the pleasure of sharing a moment with her. 
I could almost call her my new friend because I was immediately seduced by her kindness and beautiful smile! 
A little more, and I invited her for dinner at the cottage! 
The wine produced by her family is also exceptional. 
Excellent wines for summer 2015! 
Photos 1,2 and 3: Makaziwe Mandela;
Photo 4: Makaziwe Mandela and Bernard Bujold;
SEE MORE PHOTOS
SEE INTERVIEW MAKAZIWE MANDELA
SEE INTERVIEW MANDELA WINE;


LISE THIBAULT – ROBIN HOOD OR QUEEN MARIE ANTOINETTE …

May 22, 2015


By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
The old lady, Lise Thibault, will live a summer 2015 in a total state of terror! 
Imagine, she might get 4 years in prison but she will only know the verdict on September 30… According to me she does not deserve this treatment. 
I have known Lise Thibault as a journalist and she is not a thief. A horrible and profound pretentious yes, but not a thief! 
The big Thibault problem is that she wanted to play the queen and she was without money… You could say she was a kind of Marie Antoinette. 
In addition, she was incredibly arrogant and regularly sent off the former Prime Minister Jean Charest. It is even said that she would have replied to a request for a meeting by Charest through her secretary that she was too busy to meet with him for at least a week’s notice… 
With such direct answers, one do not made many friends among the high society! 
Conclusion: Jean Charest now has a nice office on the 42nd floor of the 1000 de la Gauchetière while the former Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Lise Thibault, risk to have one next fall season on the 1st floor in a prison… 
To be continued! 
Photo 1, 2, 3 and 4: Lise Thibault;
Photo 5: The 1000 de la Gauchetière in Montreal;
SEE STORY LA PRESSE;