Does Cornwall Ontario Need Ten City Councilors? Waterfront subterfuge? Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 22, 2012
CFN – This term of City Council here in Cornwall has shown the holes in the council system. In a time when the City of Ottawa even is considering dropping from 24 councilors it’s starting to make a lot of sense. LINK
We have ten councilors currently. There is no ward system in Cornwall so representation isn’t an issue although it probably should.
Recently we have had Beavergate and the Bilingual nurse protest. Both issues councilors sat on their hands.
We have Councilor Thibault busy chopping up and planning the waterfront with some developers and a few stooges on the Waterfront Committee.
Here we have a video regarding the committee allegedly trying to force Stephen Alexander, one of the most competent managers in Cornwall off of the Waterfront committee. Watch Mr. Menard spin Libel chill from a committee member, many questions, not a lot of answers . Interesting video if you care about Cornwall’s waterfront.
We have councilor Carr with his Heart of the City initiative. HOC does some good in Cornwall, but surely some of the bluster about conflict of interest has some merit? Should Mr. Carr have to make a decision about whether he wants to run Heart of the City or be on Council when Cornwall has a policy that does not allow city workers to be on Council?
Councilor Grant is busy leading many of the committees, but from there it spins downward with most councilors participating on many committees, but not really having much of an impact in moving the city forward.
As a matter of fact council at the moment is starting to go partisan with Conservative members smelling blood in the water of long former Liberal MP Bob Kilger who is fighting off scandal after scandal while sitting as mayor and dealing with health issues.
Voting at council has shown this year to be done by bloc or clique; especially during the issues surrounding the CAO Paul Fitzpatrick and the alleged wrongful termination of HR manager Robert Menagh.
So the question is why have ten councilors? If the city is going to be run as it’s been run this term of council why have more than two or three?
Where are the issues that councilors should be leading? With Councilor O’Shaughnessy quitting in disgust; the gang bang of councilor Rivette who has been very quiet since his complaint has stood up after sitting for a video interview with CFN; councilors MacDonald, Dupelle, and even Queen Bernadette Clement have been all but silent on issues impacting the city, are having that many councilors just dead wood and a waste of tax dollars?
Add in refusals of council to allow citizens to present to council and it seems a very shady version of Democracy being practiced in Cornwall Ontario…
What do these councilors stand for?
What do you think Cornwallites? You can post your comments below.
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