Open Mike by Mike Bedard: I think it is time for Bob Kilger to resign as Mayor!

Open Mike by Mike Bedard:  I think it is time for Bob Kilger to resign as Mayor!

CFN – Opportunity to improve the process or an Opportunity for the public to see the process isn’t being followed?

Mayor Kilger is quoted as saying the following in the standard free-holder:

 

“I’m confident the process was respected for matters to be included in closed session, and I stand by it,” said Kilger.

 

Mayor Kilger later stated several excuses in the Standard-Freeholder, such as: “I was coming back from Toronto”  but that’s no excuse for not having forewarned Rivette that I would be proceeding with this matter!

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Several Councillors stated that they believe the process can be improved and that all can learn from this fiasco, but I honestly believe that the only thing that needs to be learned is to respect that other people have a mind of their own and will not always agree with you.  Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean you can attack them or “gang” up on them behind a closed doors to hide from public scrutiny.

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We want to see what and how our politicians really act.  Mayor Bob Kilger is 100% to blame for allowing this to happen.  He chaired the meeting and it is his duty to ensure all discussions stay on topic.  He allowed the topic to become personal and should apologize or resign!  The only thing that needs to be learned is that you need to follow the rules and you are not exempt because you hold the title of Mayor or Councillor!

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I personally have grown tired of listening to too many in this dysfunctional group at city hall and I believe the leadership is to blame or lack of leadership!  Mayor Bob may have been the best choice in the last election but he is sick and is not fully focused on the task at hand.

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He is too good of a politician to have let these shenanigans run wild in City Hall.  I believe he is no longer capable of performing all of his duties to the best of his abilities and I wish he acknowledge this fact and admit that his health has detracted from his performance.  If he needs to take a break from politics than no one would question his decision due to health reasons!  However, staying in office and dragging the city down will forever leave a black eye on his remarkable reputation.

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Mayor Kilger’s performance is similar to an elite athlete who continues in their sport after they have passed their prime and continues to disappoint their fans due to their inability to meet expectations.  More hype than production!

Our Councilors need to start fighting for their Political careers by beginning to represent the people and not the Clique!

Almost every councilor took the Mayors side during this debate.  This isn’t surprising due to the fact that many were involved in acting out of line during this closed-door meeting and took part in personally attacking Mr. Rivette.  The lack of transparency has been an issue for longer than this term of council but it was only brought to light now due to the term oil at city hall.  There has always been an abundance of critics commenting on administrations performance but never have I seen such retaliation as that produced to harm the Cornwall Free News!

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This Council and administration strikes me as tired and has lost its ability to ignore unfounded comments and to properly defend not only itself but its staff effectively!  I am sure it is not a fun place or position to be in at the moment but that is the fault of those in power and can be changed by choosing honesty over loyalty!

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I personally was called by members of the Kilger Camp during the last municipal election for taking the side of the CFIB’s Communities in Boom report and not that of Mr. Kilger’s.  To his day my comments continue to be proven as more accurate than those of the mayor and I am proud that I took the right stance and defended the truth rather than create a misconception to gain public favor!  It may have cost me being elected, as one of the clique, pointed out during a private lunch meeting.  My response to that today is THANK, GOD!  Karma is a good thing and I strongly believe that the reason I am not on council was to protect me from being grouped with this shameful political mess!

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This is why I wrote in a previous article choosing a representative over a politician is what is good for municipal politics.  Bullying of this sort would never happen and pride rather than arrogance would be restored to City Hall!

In Summary

Mayor Bob Kilger and all of those on the previous council ran an election platform that proclaimed that they were a “tight knit group” and that they were arguably the most successful group in recent memory.  Hence, the “Builder Bob” slogan!

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Today, they are arguably the most dysfunctional and most disgraceful group in recent memory and if you’re going to “take” credit for the good then you definitely will be “given” credit for the bad!

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All of the shameful actions regarding those of the Mayor, Councilors and Administration are a direct result of the attitude associated with the “clique” or the privileged and are not so much the fault of the new councilors such as Maurice Dupelle and David Murphy!

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The Mayor is not capable of changing the public’s opinion of Council and City Hall and needs to resign to allow for a fresh start and to protect administration and council.  It is common in business for a manager or CEO to resign to protect the image of the corporation and something drastic must take place to see the continued progression that so many have worked hard and long for!  It’s time to hand over the torch!

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I promise everyone a no-holds barred, aggressive, blue collared campaign come the 2014 election that will re-inspire those that feel like they do not have representation in this City!  The number of e-mails and the continuous show of support from all of you is extremely breathtaking and inspires me every day to fight for what’s right and to fly in the face of adversity!

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Thank You,
Mike Bedard

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33 Comments on "Open Mike by Mike Bedard: I think it is time for Bob Kilger to resign as Mayor!"

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Lolochuck
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100% agree Mike!!!!!

Stan
Member

You know the councillors changed the bylaws regarding election/appointment to the city council. If Kilger quits you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll put someone they want in as mayor. Its all smoke and mirrors with that gang! None can be trusted.

Simon
Guest
Back in April I wrote that Cornwall’s political circus was what comes of “selectiing politicians rather than representatives”. I’m glad you found it catchy, but… I wasn’t just referring to our crumbling city council’s and administration’s double dealing — I was also warning against double talk. It isn’t necessary to sugarcoat the need for the mayor to bust off. Praising the mayor or his reputation is totally misplaced. He didn’t become a self-serving political shyster overnight — so don’t bother lauding his past. He and his knucklehead gang have been totally exposed — as has his media partner the Standard-Freeholder… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member
Hi Simon, I don’t think too many people will think I sugar coated anything but their is still a minimum level of respect that is needed for us to maintain any level of credibility. My comments state that I believe that Bob is capable of being a good mayor but due to the current circumstances and his health I truely believe now would be the best time for him to resign. It would allow for administration and the current council to switch gears (if possible) and now is better than any other time. Just to be clear Simon I did… Read more »
Wow!
Guest

Jeez I’m tearing up and getting all weepy. I was wrong about you all along. It was somebody else’s fault that you lost the last election, which you discovered at a private lunch. I apologize for assuming that it was because people didn’t vote for you.

You’ve got quite a complex of self-grandeur and import. Napoleon had that problem too.

CityBS
Guest

Watch if and when he either resigns or is voted out next election you don’t see The Benson Centre re-named The Kilger Centre. Pathetic to say the least that you get recognition for being a liar and a cheat who only put his own best interest first and not the tax payer. Kilger you will no doubt go down as Cornwall’s worst Mayor. But then again with your ego you would not even blink at the thought.

Mike Bedard
Member

Care to use your real name Wow! Your right I lost the last election and I learned alot form it. It will make me a much better and extremely competitive candidate come the next election…..does that scare you!

Use your real name and then maybe, just maybe, I will give credit to your comments. Your probably a councillor or a kilger troll to afraid to use real name and only act out behind a closed door…….what a surprise!

Interesting
Guest

I’m impressed you’re able to determine Bob’s present health condition. Your PhD in Oncology is paying off!

You said; “I did not write my article to knock Bob personally but to criticize his performance”. Is this like saying; “I want to die young at a ripe old age”

Wasn’t he the one who cut the ribbon for your new spinoff company called Platinum Pools?

Mike speaks with a forked tongue.

Have to agree what “Simon Says”

John Sinclair
Guest
Good for you Mike. These people are obviously Kilger faithful and lack a mind of their own. They are scared to speak their own mind and follow like little puppy dogs. However, they will never be more than someone elses bitch for their entire lives. Here is a news flash for our fair citizens and the Kilger faithful. Did you know that Bob Kilger has shown up for almost all of this years council meetings and photo-ops but yet is neglecting his committee duties and has been absent from most of those meetings for almost a year! I have a… Read more »
Sinister Smith
Guest

Mike we are all tired and fed up with this half-ass council. Keep up the great articles! They are interesting and although the are risky I think this city likes to see someone with balls call on the bullies!

Only the older citizens that have kept this city in the basement for so long would think Bob is doing a great job! Why else would such an ineffective politician be re-elected federally and municipally?

P.S. – I personally would love to see you on council pointing out some of councils BS!

Go get’em!

Mike Bedard
Member
Re: Interesting, Please do not confuse or mix my personal opinions with that of those of my business. I am very capable of ensuring my business decisions stay focused on taking care of my clients and staff. Mr. Kilger is our mayor and we was invited, along with our MP and MPP to joing in our celebrations. We were very happy to have him attend and he was nothing but a gentleman. However, just because I own a business doesn’t mean I can not be active politically. I have never done anything but state my honest opinion and I have… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member

Also, Napoleon was has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide.

Due to his success in several wars, often against numerically superior enemies, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

Thank You for the comparison!

Lassie
Guest

With delusions of self grandeur, Napoleon was a failed dictator that appointed friends and family to run other people’s countries while he bankrupted his own — And he lost three armies on three continents. Short for his weight… little man complex…. etc. etc.

bedfordst
Guest
Just what Cornwall needs, a councillor who cannot convert a thought into a properly constructed sentence, spell, and has little or no sense of history.Even if every one of those people who sent you an e-mail voted for you 50 times you still wouldn’t be ellected. I’m constantly amazed at your lack of insight, intellegence and tact. Do you really believe that the way to city hall is to repeatedly attack those who were chosen by the ellectorate, or are we, the ellectorate, just ignorant sycophants in need of the enlightenment of a self proclaimed “night in shining armour”. Get… Read more »
Don
Guest

Hi! Mike,
If this is true,it should be printed in the Ottawa Citizen.
Everyone in Cornwall should be made aware of this.A lot more resignations should be coming
This Stinks more than when Domtar was here!!!!

Interesting
Guest

In my personal opinion, Mike has a bad case of Verbal Diarrhea!

He should resign from the media spotlight!

We would all understand!

Mike Bedard
Member
Re: Lassie, thank you for the insoght but I was just toying with Wow! Re: Bedfordst, For the second time use your real name or are you afraid that if you do it will add even more credibility to one of my articles? If you don’t like what I said then specifically point it out and let’s debate it! But that would defeat your purpose wouldn’t it! You are not here to debate the topic rather than attack my character; isn’t that right! …….if you state your REAL name than I atleast give you credit for being honest but hiding… Read more »
Sarah L.
Guest

I love how when someone calls out the clique.

I also love whatching the clique attack behind masks….you are all cowards!

Do you notice most of Mike’s supporters use names while the nay sayers use anonymity?

Keep up the good work Mike!

Norman
Guest
Mike, You have always been honest to me and my family! We appreciate and are extremely thankful that you are still in business. A former employee who now works at a place of business where Mike’s store was once located, tricked my and wife into believing she still worked for Roy’s Pools. She had me believing she worked for Mike but in reality worked for the newest pool store in town. I was extremely angered and know that Mike has never treated us like this nor would he ever! Once a friend told me he had moved we rushed right… Read more »
Interesting
Guest

Funny how Sarah L’s posts appears just a few minutes after Mike’s post?

A few minutes after that, the Norman post appears! This is Hilarious!!! Love it!!!

If your still in business maybe you can pay your old bills? I am waiting for my payment!

You notice that we are not debating your post but challenging your integrity? Should I say “what integrity”!

You should follow the advice of bedfordst!

Mike Bedard
Member
Here is my number 613-935-9429! Call me tonight! Tomorrow call the store 613-935-3855! Stop hiding behind a pseudonym when speaking of integrity! That you obviously have lost! What do you call someone who honours the warranties of a closed business to honour the past memory of the business? I doubt you will call because your claim is as dishonest as they come! I wouldn’t hesitate to think that you are part of the same group or from the same company that acts so disgracefully! I will repost at 11:00 PM and again tomorrow 12:00 PM to let the general public… Read more »
CityBS
Guest
Mike keep it up, great job, you have a lot of support, the negative slack you are getting is so obvious and done by the followers, clear as water. Admin, you made a great point on my previous post. I am a CITY worker but telling my real name, well we see what happens to people working at the city who speak out. If your a Peters, Kilger, Latour, Lecky and so on and you suck up and kiss butt you get all the photo opps or top jobs with the city or greased palms in one way or another… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member
Well it’s 11:00 PM and I am off to bed! Still no reply from the phantom known as “Interesting”. I am growing tired of fighting ghosts so if your going to start a fight and your Smarter than a Fifth Grader use your real name if not go fly a kite! Some people are afraid of losing their jobs just for agreeing with me and that’s a complete shame! However, some hide behind a false name to simply trash others by making false claims; which is easy to do behind a mask and prevents the accusers from defending themselves! I… Read more »
garywsamler
Member

Our Councilors need to start fighting for their Political careers by beginning to represent the people and not the Clique!
Thanks I am glad to know that I am not the only one to thinks this. Next municipal election in 30 months.

Mike Bedard
Member
Update 12 PM and no sign of the ghost known as “interesting”. Well I guess this individual didn’t only fail the smell test but also the integrity test as they liked to call it! Well, I slept great last night! I doubt many of these people have sleeping well at all! The changes I have made in my life over the last 6 months have helped me improve all aspects of my life which I am very happy with. I am not proud that I had to close a business I loved but I am happy to restore my company… Read more »
Simon
Guest
It’s false logic to equate mocking the comments of Mike Bedard, with support for Bob Kilger. Neither of the two is suitable for public service — Bob says one thing quietly, then does another — Mike says two things loudly, then does another (there’s little difference between being two-faced and speaking out of both sides of your mouth). Some quotes taken from the above article, when applied to Mike’s comments and behaviour, make that pretty clear… “He allowed the topic to become personal” (this quote against Kilger could easily apply to Mike’s responses to most of the contributors above) “Just… Read more »
Stan
Member

Yes in 30-months we can get rid of the council clique!

bedfordst
Guest

Here, here Simon!

silent franco american
Guest

Do you think Mark McDonald would get the mayors job if anything happen to him, or it that why they tried to change the process ?

Norman
Guest
Simon there is a huge difference between defending yourself against personal attacks and making a public statement. Your petty attacks don’t impress nor do they make any sense to most credible thinkers! We all know you have a secret agenda and are simply trying to discredit Mr. Bedard for personal gain and that is why you use a false name. Your actions mirror that of the clique and, even though you bash Bob, you are still not fooling anyone with half a brain into believing that you are not trying to discredit Mr. Bedard for personal gain! Also, your logic… Read more »
Simon
Guest
Norman(?), the posturing, the posing of questions followed seamlessy by a pre-supposed answer, the use of caps and flood of exclamation marks, unfounded accusations of agenda and gain, introducing distractions to avoid a topic, deflecting weak argument by labelling pundits as opponents… these seem to be common elements among the “Open Mike” (dare I say it) clique. None of these observations are attacks by the way, it’s just that Mr. Bedard is campaigning in a fashion that swings between bravado, bluster and buffoonery — which can serve neither Cornwall nor himself very well. He has followers for sure, but little… Read more »
Norman
Guest
Simon (?), can you please give me an example of where Mr.Bedard made unfounded accusations of agenda and gain? The rest of your response is your opinion and I respect it very much but I do not agree with what you anything you have said. Maybe you can prove me wrong and here is your chance! I honestly feel that you are attacking Mike and I do not see where he has instigated a fight nor do I see where you have ever tried to challenge his ideas without insulting and trying to demean his character. You are much more… Read more »
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