May 17, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) –
When life is difficult and we want to forget the everyday obstacles and failures, nothing like a picnic at the cottage… 
As I often tell my friends: “I never let the bad times of life to spoil other beauties of life!” 
In other words, do not talk politics or about PKP to me anymore… 
Long live the cottage! Long live picnics! Long live the summer 2015! 
Photo 1: Bernard Bujold;
Photo 2, 3 and 4: Cottage at the lake;



May 16, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1)  
-William Johnson, renowned writer and journalist, published in The National Post on Saturday, May 16, 2015 a very precise analysis of the challenge for Pierre Karl Péladeau in achieving its proposed separation of Quebec from Canada. 
There are only two options to separate Quebec from Canada: political and legal negotiation or armed revolution (like in Cuba). 
Obviously, the second option will never be put forward by Quebecers… 
In the separation by negotiation, there are four stages from first the local referendum; compliance with laws in force in the current country of Canada; the agreement of the other provinces to amend the Constitution; and most difficult, from a geographical point of view, to accept that some regions (territories) of Quebec will not join the new country and will remain in Canada like First Nations people and their territories that occupy half the geographical area of ​​Quebec. 
The challenges for PKP are enormous and that’s not counting the one he will face to survive politically in the National Assembly of Quebec… 
To be continued! 
Photo 1: Martine Ouelllet, Alexandre Cloutier and Pierre Karl Péladeau;
Photo 2: William Johnson and Pierre Karl Péladeau;
Photo 3 and 4: Pierre Karl Péladeau;


May 15, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) –
One must thanks very much Mark Zuckerberg for his creation of Facebook as well as the creators of Twitter. 
Before Facebook and Twitter, one must have money and use lawyers to get justice. Now is the law of the truth as found out this funny ex-employee of Hydro One (Ontario) and the reporter Shauna Hunt… (Shauna used twitter to publish her video) 
The police forces all over North America are also discovering, at their expense, the new power of social medias. 
Long live social medias! 
Picture 1: Logo Facebook and Twitter;
Pictures 2 and 3: The journalist Shauna Hunt;


May 12, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Members of the Parti Québécois will elect their next leader from Wednesday, May 13, 2015 and normally we will know the result on Friday night May 15 at 9 pm. 
Personally, I am what could be called apolitical in the sense that I am not a member of any political party. I do not like the idea of ​​a party but I favor political people according to their personality. When I supported Brian Mulroney in 1984 in Ottawa, it was not for his political party but because of his personality and what I considered an exceptional dynamism. 
At the beginning of this PQ campaign, if I had been an active member of the party, my vote would have gone to Jean-François Lisée. He had the profile of a prime minister. 
Currently, I deeply wish that Alexander Cloutier wins the race. 
I get an average of one email a week since the announcement of the entry into politics of Pierre-Karl Péladeau, wondering why I am not supporting him since I was very close to his father for who I was Executive Assistant until the end of his life.  He even fell into a coma in front of me, on December 2, 1997, almost in my arms, on the floor of his office Quebecor… 
I loved the man who was Pierre Péladeau (the father) and we had a very profound loyalty towards each other. 
Pierre Péladeau died officially on December 24, 1997 and on January 5, 1998, Quebecor’s new senior management immediately thanked me for my services with the clear and precise message that they did not want to see me around anywhere in the enterprise.
I was deeply sad by this… 
In addition, it was the Quebec ice storm… 
The darkness and the cold of the New Year; the death of my mentor; and becoming an unemployed! 
In the months after my dismissal from Quebecor, people that I knew closely, including a leader of a large Quebec company (from the Quebec Inc), told me that Jean Neveu the new CEO of Quebecor would have contacted them to denigrate me and to suggest not to hire me. 
I checked this by Jean Neveu and he said, smiling, that he had the right to express his opinion and if I was not happy, just to sue him… 
At the time, I did not want to spend money for lawyers in justice nor to pay to gather evidence because I thought it was better to look forward. But it was clear that others were investing efforts to monitor me (probably a private detective) because as soon as I went to a new potential employer interview, someone contacted them immediately. It was like if they were following me on track and that they were trying to prevent me from working! 
I finally got an inescapable proof once and it was well documented because I got a job… 
I got in early 2001 as a press attaché precisely with the government of Bernard Landry that I had known earlier when I was with Pierre Péladeau (the father). I had discreetly negotiated and when I started working, nobody really knew it. I started on a Monday morning (April 11, the date of birth of Pierre Péladeau…) but at 3 pm on the same day, the chief of staff invited me into her office saying she was sorry because she had just received a call from someone and if the Landry government kept me in the staff, it would do him trouble in the media … 
The chief of staff told me that the order to fire me was coming from executives at Quebecor by means of a large PR agency in Montreal and, after bringing the matter to his attention, Bernard Landry said that he did not want to get involved… 
She had no choice to do otherwise! – she repeated to me! 
Later in time, early 2003, when I published my biography of Pierre Péladeau, my friend Michel Vastel told me that a senior officer at Quebecor asked him to try to get a copy before publication of the book I was writing about the father of PKP. Michel had refused the request by replying to the person asking that he was not playing this kind game, especially not with a former journalist like me, and worse, he knew me personally. 
In short, if I do not support PKP the son, it is because I have my personal reasons! 
The beauty of democracy is, however, that everyone is entitled to one vote. 
If you are not happy with the result, you have a choice: change of city, province or country; or accept the outcome and live with the choice of the majority. 
If ever Pierre Karl Péladeau became Premier of Quebec one day, I will have plenty of time to change territory but we are not yet at this result! 
To be continued … and good luck Alexandre Cloutier! 
Photo 1 and 2: Pierre Péladeau and Bernard Bujold;
Photo 3: Pierre Karl Peladeau, Julie Snyder and Jean Neveu;
Photo 4: Alexandre Cloutier;


May 12, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Lison Lescarbeau is well known in the field of Quebec media and last year she was in charge of the communications for the World Film Festival of Montreal of my friend Serge Losique. 
She had done a remarkable job but she is no longer there in 2015… 
Despite her departure from the FFM, Lison is still working very hard and she is now organizing a music concert for the benefit of the Garage à musique of Dr Julien Foundation, which concert will be presented on June 10 at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier at 7 pm. 
The singer Michel Rivard will join the voice of the tenor Marc Hervieux and singer Catherine Major. Christian Bégin will be hosting the evening. 
There will be on stage a symphony orchestra of teachers and students with professional musicians. 
The Garage à musique is a social development project by the Foundation of Dr. Gilles Julien, which offers help to children by combining the practice of social pediatrics in community, school support tailored to children’s needs and practice collective music. 
Tickets for the concert are available on the Foundation website and the Admission network. Photo 1: Displays the concert and Dr. Gilles Julien;
Photo 2: Lison Lescarbeau communication manager at the WFF 2014;


May 5, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
I just finished reading the book À PROPOS DE LA VIE, a series of 20 interviews with Quebecers about their view of life and death and published by Éditions La Presse. 
A captivating book to better understand what is life and death according to different people, whether one is a believer or not. 
I love this kind of writing as it is a subject on which I have often reflected. 
Rather than summarize the opinions of the book, I’ll share you mine! You can, of course, read the book afterwards… 
To me, life is like a theater act and we play several parts in our lifetime. In fact, each piece is a life in itself. Thus we live several lives and several death during our time on earth. 
A new job, a new home, a new spouse: these are all new lives. 
The loss of a job, selling a home, a separation: these are all mortality in our existence. 
Personally I am not a believer but I have hope because I’m a little dreamer and I always hope for the best. 
I might add that sometimes, there are on earth the living dead which are people physically alive but morally dead. They have no more passion or dreams! 
As for the physical death of the body, as said Steve Jobs, is a switch that is turn off… It’s the dark without the light! 
My philosophy of life is inspired by several characters but I will mention three. 
-My friend Gerard Depardieu who said: “Living is the only thing that counts!” “We must especially be happy!” (Autobiography Ça s’est fait comme ça – XO Editions 2014) 
-Jean Coutu, the pharmacist who said that: “… in life happiness is to have projects. Once our projects are reality, it is the end of happiness as money never bring happiness…” 
– The musical group TROOPER and their song: “We’re Here For A Good Time, Not A Long Time.” 
Have a good summer 2015 and be happy! 
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2: Six of the twenty personalities of the book;
Photo 3: Gérard Depardieu, Raw McGuire of Trooper Band, and Jean Coutu;


May 3, 2015

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
The favorite horse American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby 2015 (One mile and one quarter) on Saturday May 2 – 2015, the first of three races for the legendary Triple Crown of horse racing. The second race for the Triple Crown will be the Preakness Stakes to be run on Saturday, May 16, 2015 (One Mile and Three Sixteenths). The third and last race will be the Belmont Stakes to be run on Saturday, June 6, 2015 (One Mile and a Half).
Photo 1 to 7 : Kentucky Derby 2015;