Jean Charest and his autobiography…

April 30, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
I took the weekend to read the autobiography of Jean Charest written before the provincial election of 1998. The book is obviously out of print (not available in bookstores) but if I were an adviser to this Prime Minister, I would print a new edition for the next election… 
The book describes quite well the character of Jean Charest and one fact that few people remember is that when the prime minister was a young high school student (1970-73), he was president of his school and he was active in Sherbrooke against the authorities as the leader of student strikes… 
The autobiography Jean Charest is a book to read for those who really want to know Jean Charest, allies as opponents! 
Photo 1: Bernard Bujold ( and autobiography Jean Charest (1998);
Photo 2: Jean Charest (2012);
SEE website of the book ;


Catherine Lafrance and the Far North

April 30, 2012

The author of “La saison froide”, Catherine Lafrance, will present in the next few days a second novel to publishers. Her work on the Far North (Yellowknife) published in 2011 has been, and still is, success in bookstores and fans are eager to read more. For those who want to have a perception of life in the North (and indirectly of what awaits workers of Plan Northern Quebec), reading “The Cold Season” is an excellent preamble but the novel is also an excellent book on the life, the pursuit of happiness and love. 
Photo 1: Catherine Lafrance and the book La saison froide ;
See book review of “La saison froide” ;

Conrad Black is out of Prison…

April 29, 2012

Conrad Black will be out of prison on next Friday May 4, 2012. To be continued… 
Photo 1: Conrad Black;
SEE Conrad Black story;

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois – The future Prime Minister of Quebec?

April 29, 2012

The spokesman for the CLASSE, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, is the star of the day in Quebec. 
If a vote to diminish his importance within the CLASSE has been put to the agenda of his organization, we also note that several Facebook pages have been posted about him. Some are even suggesting Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois as a future Quebec Premier to replace Jean Charest… 
To be continuated!
Photo 1: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois;
Photo 2: The three student leaders;
SEE Facebook page Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois Prime Minister ;

See Tout le Monde en parle ;

Jean Charest and the desire to win …

April 28, 2012

By Bernard Bujold –
I fairly well known Jean Charest in 1984 with Brian Mulroney and later in 2003 when my colleague of horse riding in Bromont, Pierre Paradis, often spoke of plans to overthrow Jean Charest… 
-In 1984, Jean Charest (26 years) was the Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of the Mulroney government with which I was a press officer. Charest and I were the same age (we are even born a few days near the same month …) but he was a member and it was said that he was the future of the Conservative Party when Mulroney was tp retire. Charest had the patter and the energy of a young star like a hockey player. Unfortunately, Charest lost the leadership to Kim Campbell fand it was the death of the Conservative Party in Ottawa in 1993. 
-In 2003, I remember many lunches at the stable in Bromont with Pierre Paradis when the latter told me that his Quebec Liberal Party waited for the day after the election to get rid of Jean Charest, who had lost the 1998 election and seemed to lose it during 2003. Complete surprise, Jean Charest won the 2003 election and it is Pierre Paradis, who took the door… In 2003, Charest had put water in his wine against his ennemies in his own party and he cuddled up to the day after his election victory when he only then started to impose his status as a winner and the leader. Politics is a game of chance, of winning moves and errors. But above all we must never underestimate the opponents! 
-In 2012, Jean Charest has made mistakes, and as he is losing his hockey playoff series. The key to success, in hockey as in politics, is to never take the victory for granted and to always play with passion and energy of the beginner. Jean Charest lost his passion and his fire to win! He believed that his talent was enough to give him the victory. The article by Denis Lessard perfectly summarizes the current situation in Quebec.
Photo 1: Brian Mulroney and Mila (photo Bernard Bujold 1984) and Jean Charest;
Photo 2: Bernard Bujold on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (1984);
SEE text Denis Lessard ;

April 26, 2012

The conflict between students and Quebec Premier Jean Charest became so violent, and a settlement solution unforeseen and unlikely, there is reason to wonder if these events will not bring back the time of wartime measure as in 1970 with the FLQ. The expulsion of the class from the negotiating table caused another wave of violent breaks in the streets of Montreal and other events are scheduled in the coming days.
Photo 1: Demonstrators in the streets of Montreal;
Photo 2: Jean Charest’s his Minister Line Beauchamp;
SEE website of the Class ;

Claude Benoit and the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal / Journalistic investigation on management…

April 25, 2012

Management of the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal is in hot water. 
A detailed investigation on the management by Director of the Quays of the Old Port, Mrs. Claude Benoit, and qualified controversial and spendthrift was published by the Journal de Montreal and followed by several Canadian media. The direction of the Old Port has issued a statement saying that spending respect the rules of the Federal Ministries. 
This debate on good management occurs at the same time as the Federal government made deep cuts to the budgets in all departments and where the Minister Bev Oda was forced to apologize in the House and reimburse the government personal expenses for her travel paid for by Canadian taxpayers. 
The Quays of the Old Port is a federal agency. 
Full details of the investigation on the Old Port of Montreal are available at bottom of the main article of the Journal of Montreal on the links on the left – mention (À lire aussi). 
To be continued … 
Photo 1: Claude Benoit (Photo by Eva Blue);
Photo 2: Quays of the Old Port of Montreal;
SEE full report Le Journal de Montreal ;

See Thomas Mulcair House of Commons Ottawa ;

See story Restaurant Le Scena Old Port of Montreal ;