So My Dear Viewers of The Cornwall Free News I have a Political Confession to Make – Cornwall Ontario – May 23, 2010

So My Dear Viewers of The Cornwall Free News I have a Political Confession to Make – Cornwall Ontario – May 23, 2010

Cornwall ON – So it looks like I’ll be shooting a documentary here in the area over the next year.   It’s going to be a political odyssey.    I’ve been asked to run for office, and the official announcement should be coming out in June with specific details.

I’ve done a lot of thinking and discussed it with a lot of people that I truly respect.   It’s amazing the advice you get; good sound advice; even when the person isn’t of the same political position of you.  It shows the integrity that some people have more than others.   I’ve also seen some people pull back from me since those discussions, which is very sad as I’ve been very supportive of some of them since the paper started back in February of 2009.

Being a filmmaker has always been my love, and I’m going to try and turn this adventure into something that asks questions about how we as a society deal with political questions that impact not only our daily lives, but the future of our city, province, country, and at the end of the day the world.

So smile Cornwall!  You’re on camera!   You too in Ottawa and the area!

And while I have your attention if I were elected your MP here in SD&SG my expenses would be open to the public and posted on my website quarterly.    I think a MP should truly work for the citizens of a riding, and you should never hide anything from your employer.     It’s a shame to think that MP’s need the Auditor General to bring this issue to the forefront.     I’m surprised that MP’s are not voluntarily bringing their expense reports out to the public because judging from what I’ve been reading that’s what you, the public want.

I remember chatting with our Mayor, Bob Kilger, and he told me that one of the most difficult positions a politician could be in is when he has to choose between his loyalty to his party and his constituents.

It should be a very interesting Fall.  I’ll be updating you on this and there will be a separate website for my political run and the documentary.  If you wish to participate in the process feel free to email me at canvid@hotmail.com

Thanks,

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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42 Comments on "So My Dear Viewers of The Cornwall Free News I have a Political Confession to Make – Cornwall Ontario – May 23, 2010"

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Jerry
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Good Luck Jamie … and we will be able to see to day to day activites of a newbie politician.

Stan
Member

Congratulatiuons Jamie, I will vote for you, regardless of party, if you promise to represent your constituents and not the party. Again, congratulations!

admin
Admin

Thank you Stan, and to all of you who have emailed me at canvid@hotmail.com this morning. It’s much appreciated, and it’s been encouragement to the many of you I’ve talked about issues with that has encouraged me to run for public office.

Kristy
Guest

When will you be stepping down from Cornwall Free News?

Reg
Guest

Hah, you finally came out of the political closet. It’s about time. You didn’t mention which party banner you will be under…..but I won’t out you.

The Watcher
Member

Hey Kristie,

He can’t step down – he’s the best editor I’ve ever met.

PJ Robertson
Member

Good on you, Jamie. Stan has it right: constituents before party.

Destructo
Member

Aha! So that’s why you’ve been so pro Green Party lately!

admin
Admin

Now Rodney if you count stories I’ve had more for the NDP in the last little while than any other party…..

Destructo
Member

You may be right, I’m not counting… I’ve just noticred an uptick in your Green Party support lately….

Grimalot
Guest

You have my support Jamie. All the best to you. 🙂

s'mee
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Good luck Jamie Here is a truly important point tidbit of history to consider. Any information you receive from the likes of Bob Kilger should be discarded with out hesitation. Remember both his personal life and his political life was riddled with loyalty issues. He even states it in part to you as shown “I remember chatting with our Mayor, Bob Kilger, and he told me that one of the most difficult positions a politician could be in is when he has to choose between his loyalty to his party and his constituents.” If you cannot pick a side and… Read more »
admin
Admin

S’mee I completely agree with our Mayor’s statement, and can assure you when elected 100% of my loyalty will be with those that put me there.

Jerry
Member

Jamie – Will you be 100% loyal only to those that voted for you or will you represent everyone in the riding?

admin
Admin

Hi Jerry, when elected I would like any representative should be there for every single citizen, not just those that voted for me.

Stan
Member

Jerry, that doesn’t mean you can now go and vote for someone else….

Furtz
Member

Even Pastafarians?

admin
Admin

Especially Pastafarians…..

Jerry
Member
Who are Pastafarians? I had to know??? I am sure I am not the only one. As a favour to us all, here gors. This is a cut and paste from the Pastafarian bible found in the Urban Dictionary. They seem to like to sell mugs, t-shirts and magnets. The great and allmighty atheist religion which teaches how the world was created by the flying spaghetti monster who happened to be drunk which thus explains why bad things happen. the Pastafarians follow the church of the flying spaghetti monster and when they go to heaven they will enjoy a beer… Read more »
admin
Admin

And I say diversity is what makes Canada, Ontario, SD&SG, and Cornwall great 🙂

s'mee
Guest
Jamie take care with who you make your allegiances with and do not commit to all the voters, remember the old adage “You can please some of the people some of the time “ I have no doubt Bob is correct in his statement, but when and where do you draw the line? When Transport Training institute was to be built in Cornwall the federal politicians had decided to relocate in elsewhere. Lumley told Turner that if they didn’t build Transport Canada in Cornwall the party would loose the riding and or Lumley would either quit or jump the fence… Read more »
Eric
Guest

Diversity can be great but multiculturism is not helping Canada. These human rights boards for example.

admin
Admin
s’mee partisan politics aside I’ve learned a lot from our Mayor. Sometimes, when you’re really good at something, it doesn’t show. I’ll use a baseball analogy. When I was young there was an outfielder by the name of Lonnie Smith. His nick name was skates and he made the wildest catches in the outfield not so much because he was good, but because he was making up for being out of position. Then you watch someone like Frank Mahovlich skate and it’s amazing and almost never seen or appreciated. Every politician has pluses and minuses, and I’m sure I’ll be… Read more »
Stan
Member

Yes Jamie, you are certainly more plus than minus.

s'mee
Guest
Jamie when you use terms like polish it brings to mind another old saying, No matter how you shine a pile of poop it is still a pile of poop. You also are beginning to speak like a politician, need a bit more polish perhaps *l* (just kidding) Kilger was not pushed into anything as you seem to believe “So sure you criticize Mr. Kilger, but just remember as you suggested that sometimes you get put into awfully sticky situations as a politician.” Kilger chose to run for politics and was aware of these sticky situations especially as Mayor following… Read more »
admin
Admin
geez s’mee you sound like a tough voter. Good for you to holding any politician up to scrutiny. One of the pillars of my campaign and purpose is that I want people that don’t vote and who have departed the political sphere and thus turned their back on Democracy to consider coming back and becoming a part of the shaping of our world. It’s so easy to complain to friends or on websites and quite another to get involved with the process and working towards solutions! I think that some people though forget that even politicians are human too with… Read more »
Stan
Member

admin: if you want s’mee’s vote then you’d better start to learn how to poop on the ceiling!

admin
Admin

Antipasta I’m not a real politician. I just play one in pixel land. I won’t be pandering for anyone’s vote. I’m going to share what I want to do and if enough people respond then I’ll be elected to office.

s'mee
Guest
Which form of democracy do you speak of Jamie, as a political system democracy is the purest for of socialism that exists? We may vote for whom we believe is our best representative but in the end it is all driven by economics thus a Socialist government. At that time people like Bob cannot determine what is in his best interest to stand for, the people paying him or duration of his tenure as a MP. There is no democracy. Marx and Lennon shared the same vision for people and it stands true today in Canada, keep people hungry and… Read more »
admin
Admin
S’mee I’m not sure Mr Lenin had quite everything worked out. I am a human being. I am fallible. I do have good intentions, and some interesting skill sets to offer. If the constituents decide to elect me to office I can state categorically that my clear focus will be on serving them and not hanging out with the back room crowd and king makers. Other than that I can’t say too much until things are official and of course this whole experience will the focus of the documentary I’ll be shooting about Politics and my political journey. Once things… Read more »
s'mee
Guest

Some of mankind’s worst atrocities were committed with the idea of good intentions.

Remember the questions as they have already been asked. Answer them once the foundation is set. I will be watching the Cornwall freenews

Destructo
Member
Back the train up s’mee, you’ve gone off the tracks. Your take on Marx is way off, and your take on Lenin is slightly skewed. If you had said Lenin and Stalin I could have let it slide. Marx was an idea man, and his idea was equality for all through the elimination of slave wages as driven by capitalism. Lenin took the idea, and set up the so called Socialist system of the Soviet Union. While it was somewhat based on true Marxism, it was never what Marx had in mind. Now when you talk about “keeping people hungry… Read more »
admin
Admin
Rodney one of the biggest dangers facing the planet today is in Democratic countries where people feel their votes are powerless and useless. I don’t believe that for a second. I’m also not naive 🙂 Btw, nice explanation and use of one of my favorite authors. My favorite Orwell book is Down and Out in Paris and London. It will take generations, if even possible, to getting people used to the idea that their votes count. We’ve been socially engineered to believe that our votes don’t matter. I kinda find it akin to Animal Farm just without slogans or people… Read more »
s'mee
Guest
Rodney, Marx is in one of the main idealists behind the communist manifesto. This idealist society is its own demise. It has also been re-written to suit an interpretation of what Marx and Engels were actually attempting, which is Pure Communism. The Communist Manifesto addresses the nature of the new working class which Marx calls the proletariat. He reviews its implications for the advancement of society, including the abolition of property and family. This section also stresses a kind of Utopia that can only be brought about by violence and conflict with the working class wresting power from the bourgeoisie… Read more »
Stan
Member
So Jamie wants to run for office sometime in the near future. Then everything imaginable hit the fan. We heard about Bob Kilger, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Lumley, shine a pile of poop, Reggie Woodward, Guy Lauzon, Lonnie Smith, Frank Mahavolich, democracy, socialists, Marx, Lenin. Engels, Stalin, Animal Farm, Russian Revolution, Orwell, Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution, Capitalists, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Communist Manifesto, bourgeoisie, Woodstock. What do any of these things have to do with Jamie running for office? Absolutely Nothing!!! It’s just drivel. I say we all vote for Jamie, once and for all, and lets… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

Stan, Jamie has got a conversation going. Is that such a bad thing— especially in the current hyper-partisan climate? My two cents to add to your list: wasn’t it Winston Churchill who said “Better jaw, jaw, than war, war”? Translation for us in our sound-byte world: we’d get on so much better if we spent more time talking and listening to one another, sharing news and debating ideas…always with respect for the views of others—precisely what is so woefully lacking in our current Parliament.

Jerry
Member

To Stan – Thanks for your excellent summary list. Jamie has causd us to think deep thoughts about our world. Perhaps Jamie is the new Obama. Go Jamie.

admin
Admin

That PJR is the whole focus of my upcoming campaign. Let’s talk about the issues and get more people involved with making our environment a better place. To me that’s not such a bad idea.

Destructo
Member
I agree somewhat with Stan. We got a little off topic, but I couldn’t let Smee get away with his misrepresentation of historical events and figures…and then he went and did it again. Anyhow, your position is part of the reason I don’t vote. Jamie hasn’t even announced which party he represents, or what his platform is going to be and you are already campaigning for him. To many people vote in ignorance, making their mind up based on personality rather than political position. Now briefly back to Smee: If an architect designs a home, and the builder does not… Read more »
admin
Admin
Rodney I would agree and disagree with you on a point. Yes, social engineering is alive and well in our world, but a vote still is a powerful thing. For example Medicare in Canada as we know it is under the gun. I think the Harper government would love nothing more than to turn it all over to the provinces. If that happens, and I believe it can as of 2014 then our health care system as we know it is over. With Nafta implications we essentially would be doomed to private health care. So yes, each and every vote… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

“Shooting an Elephant”–good choice, Rodney. Heartbreakingly brilliant indictment of imperialism. I would add Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” as a classic must-read for all posters and aspiring writers.

As to getting off topic, surely no bad thing when this leads to broadening perspectives and framing the original topic in the Big Picture. (Contrast the Harperite habit of trivializing or cutting off attempts to get a conversation going on the big picture, such as on climate change, poverty, abiding by the Geneva Conventions, the reality of declining crime rates, and generally Canada in the world.)

smee
Guest

Sorry Rod
I was under the impression you fully understood what the intent of the manifesto was all about.
Woodstock you know no boundaries no responsibilities and free love. Same simplified concept as Communism.

Jamie
I thought the province was responsible for the financial aspect of health care.
The government assures the quality of care through federal standards.
Canada’s Provincially based Medicare systems are supposidly cost-effective partly because of their administrative simplicity.

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