A New Lawyer in the House? Cornwall Ontario Mayor Bob Kilger Releases Conflict of Interest Statement.
CFN – Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger issued a statement today about his alleged Conflict of Interest issues. It’s very cryptic and twisty; like a very expensive lawyer wrote it.
The Free Holder ripped off a headline that was even more odd than the press release. Crack reporter Cheryl Brink whipped out!
“Lawyer rules mayor not in conflict during in-camera meetings”
Bill Kingston of the cornwall daily covered the release as well with the following headline:
Law firm clears Cornwall mayor of conflict of interest
Now I know I’m not a lawyer, but last I checked it was up to a judge to make such a RULING or ….JUDGEMENT. I’m sure Rob Ford and Hazel McCallion also had lawyers that thought that they too might not be in Conflict of Interest. Of course that’s why you hire a high priced lawyer such as Will McDowell or Guy Regimbald, or the new un named lawyer for Mayor Kilger.
It gets even weirder when it comes to minutes. How can the mayor, clerk, or council add to minutes in this fashion? Where are the minutes from February 25th, 2013? Where are the adopted minutes from February 11, 2013. When I click on them I get this message.
HTTP Web Server: Lotus Notes Exception – Document has been deleted
Guy Regimbald works for the firm Gowlings. Will McDowell is with Lenczner Slaght. David Sherriff-Scott is with Borden, Ladner, Gervais. So who is Mayor Kilger’s lawyer and what are Messers Regimbald, and McDowell representing? How deep does this go?
Reading the release itself is also quite cryptic. Are the meetings of February 19th from 2012 or 2013? Why is the mayor mentioning that he recused himself now and why were they not in the minutes from the 11th or 19th of February 2013?
Why is the mayor refusing to comment further and while it’s great that he’s talking about not being in conflict of interest he doesn’t say what he’s not in conflict of interest about and I don’t mean a specific case, but he’s not stating if it’s about an incident or specific case.
Is this statement only coming out now because of media pressure and public scrutiny? Is it because of pending litigation, possibly connected to the two Whistle Blowing cases against the city? Does it have to do with the recent ad in the Ottawa Citizen for the City of Cornwall looking for a new Fire Chief? And why is that ad stating that Cornwall is a bilingual city? Which secret council meeting passed that motion?
Does it have to do with other councilors? Former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick? We just don’t know because the city refuses to come clean. We don’t even know if the Judith Allen investigation is over and what those results were?
The problem when you don’t have clear accountability and transparency and instead fatten up expensive lawyers is that we, the public, never really know up from down or right from left? Does this release simply mean that Bob’s high priced lawyers suggest that he’s not in conflict over a single issue or meeting?
If he’s not in conflict and has done nothing wrong why all the high priced legal beagles in the room?
Does any of this make any sense to you dear viewer of CFN? If so please explain it to my small brain. Could this be why our taxes just went up 2.88% and why is council remaining so hush hush over this mess?
Mayor Bob Kilger issued the following statement today regarding his decision to not participate in discussions at two in camera meetings of City Council regarding personnel matters:
“There was an in camera meeting of City Council on February 19th regarding personnel matters. The same matters were also briefly discussed during a portion of an in camera meeting on February 11th. I did not attend the February 19th meeting and I recused myself from a portion of the February 11th meeting while these matters were discussed because I wanted to obtain independent legal advice as to whether I was in a conflict of interest. If I was in a conflict of interest situation with respect to the matters discussed at these meetings, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act states that, because I was absent from the one meeting, I must declare that conflict at the next regular meeting of Council.
On this question, I sought and have received independent legal advice from the national law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon. The advice I have received is that I am not, and have not been, in a conflict of interest situation with respect to the matters discussed at these in camera meetings.
Accordingly, I did not have a conflict of interest declaration to make at the City Council meeting of February 25th.
While I accept my lawyer’s advice that there is no conflict of interest, I do not intend to participate in any of Council’s future consideration of these specific matters because I would like Council to deal with these matters with as few complications as possible.”
Mayor Kilger will not comment any further given the confidential nature of these matters discussed at in camera meetings of City Council. For clarity purposes, this information will also be included in the meeting minutes of February 25th, 2013.
The Free Holder of course, is not allowing comments on their gloss over of this release which they did not release in full and unedited as we have at CFN.
Our comments are open and welcome from the public because after all, Cornwall belongs to all of us; not just the Mayor and a few cronies.
We will be updating this story as it unfolds further and we expect an awful lot of laundry on this one! Is this another Project Truth cover up?