samedi 19 mai 2018

JUSTIFY WINS THE PREAKNESS 2018


JUSTIFY WINS THE PREAKNESS 2018 
The next race on June 9 at the Belmont NY and a run for a Triple Crown 2018. 
To be continued... 
SEE TRIPLE CROWN

ROYAL WEDDING HARRY AND MEGHAN - MAY 2018


HARRY AND MEGHAN ROYAL WEDDING - MAY 2018 
By Bernard Bujold- 
There are two types of events I never attend in my life! Weddings and burials... 
However, I watched on TV (Fox News) some pictures of the wedding of the day, that of Harry and Meghan. 
My favorite moment was when the black priest, the American bishop Michael Curry presented his sermon... 
Long live the bride and groom, wishing it lasts! 
See photo album

ELECTIONS QUÉBEC 2018 AND THE ART OF POLITICS...


ELECTIONS QUÉBEC 2018 AND THE ART OF POLITICS... 
By Bernard Bujold- 
The element 101 in politics is knowing how to surround yourself with winning players to create good news and scapegoats to ward off bad news... 
Philippe Couillard managed to win a champion by bringing Alexandre Taillefer as campaign chairman. Indeed, while the media are focused on criticizing Taillefer, no one criticizes Couillard. The only surprise is how Taillefer did not understand Couillard's game plan? In contrast, François Legault failed in what could have been a great championship if he convinced Lucien Bouchard to join his party as a transitional advisor in the event of an electoral victory. Lucien quickly understood the game of identification and he refused to become the door color of Legault, which would have been a master stroke... 
Conclusion: I still expect a victory of Philippe Couillard October 1 if he continues to play his cards strategist, as it does so far! 
SEE REPORT LA PRESSE

mardi 15 mai 2018

TOM WOLFE (1931-2018)


TOM WOLFE (1931-2018) 
By Bernard Bujold-
The best writer that I read in my life is dead today May 15, 2018! I will always remember him and his book: A MAN IN FULL which is also in a way the story of my life! THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES was also a very impressive book about human live and society!
SEE STORY NYT

LA PRESSE AND ITS FUTURE ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ DESMARAIS


THE PRESS AND ITS FUTURE ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ DESMARAIS... 
By Bernard Bujold- 
According to André Desmarais' confession in an interview in The Globe and Mail (May 11, 2018), La Presse had no way of becoming profitable because of the small number of potential readers in Quebec and this is the reason for the transfer of the company to a foundation. The question that arises: "If the population is not large enough to make a private project profitable, how can this same population finance with its donations the same company that has become a non-profit organization? 
The conclusion is clear: La Presse is condemned to disappear permanently when Power Corporation will no longer be the money funder! 
SEE INTERVIEW THE GLOBE AND MAIL

jeudi 10 mai 2018

ELECTIONS QUEBEC 2018


ELECTIONS QUEBEC 2018 -
By Bernard Bujold- 
It is good war for politics lovers to talk about the election result of October 1. 
No! I will not be a candidate and I am not in favor of any particular political party, contrary to my beliefs at the American level... 
On May 10, 2018, according to my political instinct, I expect a re-election of the current Prime Minister Philippe Couillard. It is too early to come up with a figure as to the precise number of MPs to be elected for each party, but there is no reason to consider a defeat by the current government. 
Indeed, an election in Quebec, as elsewhere in North America, is never a vote "FOR A CANDIDATE" but rather a "VOTE AGAINST". We do not choose, we reject! The example of Valérie Plante in Montreal is the most recent while the majority of voters did not vote for Plante but against Denis Coderre. (Many regret their vote and look forward to 2021...) 
For this reason of the reasoning in our electoral choice, I foresee that Philippe Couillard will be reelected. 
TO BE CONTINUED...
SEE ELECTIONS QUÉBEC

FLOWERS ON ST JACQUES STREET


FLOWERS ON ST JACQUES STREET 
By Bernard Bujold-
We know that spring is well established when flowers begin to appear on St Jacques Street in the financial district of Old Montreal and that the florist takes his tables outside and the colors invade his kiosk. Good spring 2018! 
SEE PHOTO ALBUM

mardi 8 mai 2018

LA PRESSE - MAY 8, 2018


LA PRESSE - MAY 8, 2018 
By Bernard Bujold-
The date of May 8, 2018 will go down in history as the date of La Presse's abandonment by Power Corporation. 
Indeed, the idea is great from a financial point of view but tragic in terms of the future of Quebec media. 
The formula chosen by Power Corporation to get rid of LA PRESSE and regain its losses of $400 million is copied directly from the US formula of a media like PRO PUBLICA founded in 2007 by one of the Wall Street Journal editors, Paul Steiger, who had left the WSJ when Rupert Murdoch acquired it in 2007. The operation of PRO PUBLICA is entirely funded by donations from wealthy business people. 
However, it requires a strong market and if the United States can effectively support this kind of media, the situation is not comparable here in Quebec. The closest example of a Quebec non-profit media outlet would be Le Devoir and we all know its financial difficulties. 
Clearly, Power Corporation has just emerged from a major financial problem but there is reason to believe that the long-term future of La Presse is seriously threatened not to say condemn to close or at the best to merge with one of two Montreal universities. 
To be continued.  
SEE LA PRESSE PRESS RELEASE 
SEE PRO PUBLICA 
SEE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING POWER CORPORATION 
SEE PHOTO 

lundi 7 mai 2018

SPRING 2018 IS FINALLY AT THE COTTAGE


SPRING 2018
By Bernard Bujold-
The spring of 2018 is finally here and if the mornings are fresh, the nature around the cottage has taken on a renaissance spirit that gives us back a taste for nature and life! 
Good spring 2018!
SEE PHOTOS

AMERICAN GIRL IN ITALY


AMERICAN GIRL IN ITALY (1951) -
By Bernard Bujold-
This picture of Ninalee Craig (90 years old) became a symbol of ME TOO and for the sexual harassment of women by men. But for Ninalee the photo taken in 1951 was fun and she did not feel harassed at all at the time. This is the proof that "fake news" is not a concept born today and that it exists since the beginning of time...
SEE STORY THE GLOBE AND MAIL

DENIS CODERRE AND THE CITY HALL OF MONTREAL IN 2021


DENIS CODERRE AND THE CITY HALL OF MONTREAL IN 2021 -
By Bernard Bujold- 
The former mayor of Montreal has not declared to Paul Arcand his candidacy for mayor of Montreal but he does not say no to a possible return in the next municipal election in 2021. Since his defeat, many Montrealers regularly declare that they are saddened by his departure and they regret not having voted for him... 
Several observers also believe that Denis Coderre could do as Jean Drapeau and come back to the mayor after an absence to remain mayor for several terms. The election of 2021 will coincide with the end of the renovation of the Montreal City Hall!  
To be continued. 
(We can see the interview of Denis Coderre by Paul Arcand on Illico 900 Videotron) 
SEE STORY

samedi 5 mai 2018

JUSTIFY - THE WINNER OF KENTUCKY DERBY 2018



KENTUCKY DERBY 2018
By Bernard Bujold
A new champion is born as JUSTIFY (number 7) easily won the race at KENTUCKY DERBY 2018 as predicted before by many experts.
The next two races for the Triple Crown 2018 will be on May 19 with PREAKNESS and the BELMONT STAKES on June 9.
GO JUSTIFY! GO!
See official KENTUCKY DERBY