The Cornwall Free News makes its first EndorseNOT for the Municipal Election – October 8, 2010

The Cornwall Free News makes its first EndorseNOT for the Municipal Election – October 8, 2010

Cornwall ON – As promised we’re going to be making our endorsements and endorsenots in this election.   Not all candidates may be endorsed one way or the other, but we feel that if we are going to choose some in a positive manner we should balance out those we feel should not be chosen as well.

Tonight as our first endorse “NOT” is Mr. Pat Finnerty.   We’re not sure of Mr. Finnerty’s platform, and judging from the two speeches we’ve heard and the lack of material presented to the voters of Cornwall we’re not sure he even has a platform other than taking shots at candidates, suggesting that voters vote for themselves on October 24, and well….we’ll let Mr. Finnerty explain for himself in these two clips.

Pat Finnerty at the Mark MacDonald rally

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79h6akSGtS0

at the Chamber of Commerce debate

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90OgwXvHvXA

On October 24, 25th, or any day we Endorse NOT Mr. Pat Finnerty for Cornwall Ontario City Council.

What do you think Cornwall?  You can post your comment below.

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25 Comments on "The Cornwall Free News makes its first EndorseNOT for the Municipal Election – October 8, 2010"

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Matt
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Makes perfect sense to me! Although I am not sure what the Rivette comment is all about?

Matt
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The old boy’s club needs to be axed but unfortunately they still could offer some guidance to the new candidates! That’s why I left some of them around so that by next election we’ll see who lived up to there promises. I vote based on who I would want to represent me (our my business; our business being Cornwall) at a meeting!……………………and the following candidates I believe would not trust with my money for various reasons (note: Just because they are good people does not mean they are good representatives): People I would not want to stand for me; because… Read more »
Matt
Guest
On the other hand, I believe their are a few who would have great strength in overcoming objection and they would be great as a team! Each with their strengths and weaknesses of course but nonetheless A GREAT TEAM! My Dream Team! 1) Mike Bedard – audiences loved his direction, during the last few debates, and some incumbents hated it. So that’s why he’s at the top of my list for people I would trust to fight for me! 2) Bernadette Clement – always well spoken, very well respected and professional! 3) Jim Marshal – Brave and willing to take… Read more »
Matt
Guest

Hi admin,

I just feel these people are genuinely not right for me and although they may be capable of making good voting decisions (and I respect anyone willing to do what they are trying to do) I beleive the others can perform better under the gun!

Matt
Guest

Well unfortunately we don’t have any other choices during this election and I do not agree that someone that is retired or as you put it with more time can do a better job! The best communities in Ontario have a lot more business oriented candidates and most of the brightest minds are still in the working field and although I respect your site and articles immensely; we can not afford, at this time, to pay full-time wages to our City Councillors and in turn raise the Mayors salaries!

Mike Bedard
Guest
Hi Everyone, Thank you Matt for the support, but I do believe Admin is right and I think you may want to dial it back a notch! I have personally met and have tried to speak with each of the candidates individually to get a better feel of how genuine they are and I can tell you that there is a lot of excitement and hype from the challengers and voters. Unfortunately, I am new to the election process and believe the media will always have it’s favorites, as do you! I love the fact that you have a clear… Read more »
Matt
Guest

Well you have my vote and I hope you do well…………….I didn’t know admin was this involved and Mike supports you than I do to!

Matt
Guest

I agree I just think that there is a time and place for everything and I think there needs to be some major changes that may cost some money now that would save us down the road and then we could put forth your recommendation!

P.S. – I have never seen a candidate stick up for the media and Mike you continue to impress me!

Matt
Guest

Mike is it true that you were the only candidate that got the people in attendance to cheer during your speech at Mark MacDonald’s gathering on last night?

Mike Bedard
Guest
Hi Matt, I appreciate what you are trying to do for me but I don’t believe it would be fair to answer whether I was the only one to receive applause! Everyone received an applause after their speeches and Yes, I believe I did receive a few loud cheers for my comments! I have done very well at the Labour Council’s debate and during Mark Macdonald’s gathering. However, I was very nervous during my first outing at the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates Event and was mediocre; but I have since hit my stride. I believe I have… Read more »
garywsamler
Member
Matt: I am confused and surprised to see you have put my name at the top of your Not list. Do I owe you money? I strongly agree your comments and decision for Mike Bedard. He would be tops on my Dream team also. He is young, passionate, a successful businessman, likeable, progressive, with a positive vision for Cornwall and more than capable to be sitting at council. But then your list in my opinion falls apart. As Admin has pointed out there are some capable on your Not list, my name being one. I can hardly see why my… Read more »
garywsamler
Member

Matt listen very carefully to the crowds response near the end of my speech at Mark MacDonalds rally at the ANAF club. That also is known as cheers from the people in attendance.

Devils Advocate
Guest
I think Matt brings up some excellent points, but I would take it one step further, and Matt I think you would agree this very reasonable proposal. Instead of having a vote done by ballots let us elect our officials by the loudest cheer. We will cram everyone in Cornwall who wants to vote in the Civic Complex. Each candidate for City Council will have one minute to speak, after which we will measure the decibel level. The ten loudest cheers will decide who sits around the council table. Content or ideas will not matter, instead it will be a… Read more »
vin
Guest

Hey, everyone is entitled to their opinion. And obviously those who are seen on Matt’s “not” list are going to be upset. Who wouldn’t be upset? It’s funny that after defending themselves (very defensive) they will call out “puppets, red-coats” and “disappointments”.

It’s kinda like this :

” Hey it’s not fair to make a list and put me on it. But if you really want to make lists, you should include these guys, not me. ”

So someone broadcasted their “dream team” list, how many other citizens is there in Cornwall that will be voting?

Stan
Member

Gary, you can satisfy some of the people some of the time. You cannot satisfy all of the people all of the time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and Matt has stated his. He has a right to his opinion. I would defend, to the death, his right to have an opinion! Though I don’t necessarily agree with his opinion. Go win your seat Gary!

garywsamler
Member
Devils Adv. It’s time to be serious, My comment to Matt for saying only Mike B was cheered was not meant to assume our running for council was really just a popularity contest such as being on TV Idol shows.Mostly ALL the candidates present received applause for their individual speeches throughout the night. The candidates each offered a variety of platform issues and we all gave the voters a clear choice of who they should vote for in the next council term.I for one was not up there for cheers. I truly see a need for change so I probably… Read more »
Matt
Guest
Well let’s see the video proof …..or is the camera still broken? Gary it is a farce to believe that your platform includes “Eliminating” not “Reducing” poverty in “Ontario” not “Cornwall”! Mike crushed 100% of the so called competition and you continue to read off of some written speech prepared for you. Are you even writing this or is the same girl that follows you around writing everything for you? You do not even look at the camera during your speeches because they are written for you and if we try to speak to you after; the same girl answers… Read more »
Matt
Guest

Were is Mike’s Speech I want to see it? Are you purposely trying to sabotage his campaign CFN? Any intellegint viewer would see that all you have posted of him is the worst you could find and yet they aren’t bad at all! I hope he decides to strongly voice his opinion against how this web-site is supporting him because it seems like it supports the people who kiss a$$ and not kick a$$!

Gabriel Riviere-Reid
Guest
While I’m not arrogant enough to presume that I know for sure Mr Finnerty’s intentions, I see his running as a way for him to bring attention to the fact that there people out there who are not happy with the status quo (and I don’t mean the British blues rock band). Cornwall has done admirably weathering the closure of Domtar and the economic recession. But we need move forward with innovative idea’s and new horizons. And we may need new blood around the council table to achieve this. I assume Mr Finnerty knows he’s a longshot. But he doesn’t… Read more »
smee
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Mike
CFN attends the events as they are earning their stripes and the other media outlet has some old liberal ties. Therefore ignorence and silence is the practice