Jamie Gilcig for Mayor of Cornwall Ontario & I announce that My CFN Shares Go to Market Feb 21,2014

Jamie Gilcig for Mayor of Cornwall Ontario & I announce that My CFN Shares Go to Market Feb 21,2014

jamie can't fixCORNWALL Ontario – One of the reasons I didn’t run for office last term is that CFN was still in its infancy and frankly the other media have been less than civil.   Note in question is that the two that covered my announcement yesterday both went yellow bringing up the political smear of last week.  Corus Radio ignored the first mayoralty candidate announcement even though I talked to their News Director, Bill Kingston in advance.

Fast forward four years and things have changed.  CFN is number one in Cornwall and the ills at 360 Pitt are much more apparent to me.

I have to apologize to the public for endorsing Mayor Kilger; something I will have to live with; but its said that any apology has to have action to back that up and yesterday after much prodding, I took that action by filing my papers to run for Mayor of Cornwall Ontario.

I had earlier stated that I would only do so if the Mayor filed; but frankly with the pouring of the concrete at the Chemical Tanks and the Political and Personal smear I was given last week along with the urging of the public, I decided to take this step.

I also announced yesterday that I will be putting my stake in CFN on the open market because frankly there are not enough hours in the day, and when elected I could not handle all of my duties at CFN.    We have had three asks in the last 12 months and each wanted me to stay on in some capacity.   Nothing will change in the day to day workings although we do have some new talent about to start to show up and take some of the burden off of me as my campaign evolves.

Cornwall is at a critical point in its history.    Change is coming whether people want it or not.   As many of you reading this know I was not born here in Cornwall.  I chose to live here and have now for ten years.

I am Cornwall’s Canary in the Coal mine.    I don’t want others to experience some of the behaviour that I have endured.   I want us to be able to honestly invite investment and talent, and not be embarrassed after.   My neighbours, also a Montreal transplant that invested heavily in their retirement home, have expressed regrets at moving to Cornwall as have others.  I want to help change that.

Same for young people.    It’s time to keep our people home.

How do we do that?  Well there’s not one simple answer, but there is one simple step and that’s for us to stop trashing Cornwall and building our brand.      That starts with our elected officials and management to stop selling us cheap as though something is wrong with us; there isn’t other than we, like some other communities, failed to elect leaders.

We don’t need to freeze taxes, we need to cut them and I feel that a proper audit of the budget by true leaders will show that we can cut taxes without cutting services.  This is something  I am committed to.

Corporate welfare is not the solution.   We need to invest in our people first.   No more 12 months waiting for permits to open a business in Cornwall as one new restaurant owner shared with me.   Can you imagine paying rent and overhead for a year while being jerked around by officials who instead of providing clear lists keep returning piece meal sometimes even having previous work demanded ripped down?     Do we not realize that people talk and it discourages small business from coming to Cornwall?

At a recent meeting it was mentioned that there are 17 available storefronts on Montreal Road.   Le Village has issues that can only be dealt with by taking some honest looks in the mirror and realizing that we have to do better.  Look what Brockville did with King Street?   Look at Westboro.   We have to start the Gentrification process sooner rather than later.  We need to start or assist in the creation of business and cultural incubators.

We can change.  We can do better, but one person will not be that change.   We all have to be that change.  We can make the difference, but only if we put petty past grievances aside and work together.   We need to hold those responsible accountable and heal.

And we need to fix our house.  And once we’ve fixed our house we need to go to our neighbours and say it’s time to amalgamate and create an Eastern Ontario powerhouse of Economic Development; especially with the ways things are going with our neighbours in Quebec.

Remember, one step at a time.   The first step is for you; the voters of Cornwall, to start to focus on the issues that matter to you and to get involved in the process.  We have seven months to harvest these first seeds. We have seven months to create the new Cornwall.    I’m ready if you are.

You can email me at jamie@cornwallfreenews.com

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Well look at that, they spelled your name correctly. Best of luck with the new adventure.

List of Candidates
Nominations for municipal and/or school board offices for the 2014 Municipal Election have been received from the following persons:

Jamie Gilcig

Todd Bennett
Brock Frost
Carilyne Hébert
Gary W. Samler
Gerald E. Samson
Guy St-Jean

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

Upper Canada District School Board

Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien
Michel Pilon

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Jules Bourdon


Could you not get up enough ambition to wear something a little more presentable? You have a careless look about you that may interfer with some votes. Be classy, not trashy.


Well done Jaime, Kudos to you for taking a position…
Whats up readers, no comments??? The cat got your tongue???
Or are the people of Cornwall really this apathetic?
Prove me wrong.

mary bray

Jamie you would make an excellent mayor,you care more about this city than most,You have tried to have a letter writing campaign about why we love Cornwall only to have council work against you & then fail in their attempt at doing their own, those tanks would probably not be here under your watch,I can,t believe the rude comment from Melissa,pretty sleazy.I would prefer someone who is casual dressed that is honest rather than a scumbag in a suit with conflicts of interests

Max Score

Melissa please do not push any buttons or call the police because you have an issue with Mr Gilcig’s choice of attire for this occasion the trashy is hiding behind closed doors upstairs inside this building. Jamie last night meeting at the RCAF wing hosted by Mark A MacDonald was a great start by our nominated candidates for the next election that you are not alone. Differences apart they all were agreed that it is now time for change and work to fix the mess left by Kilger and the Gong Show. Good Luck Mr. Gilcig.

hailey Brown

I did try but it appears to be missing

Jamie all the very best to you in the world and I am going “HIP HIP HOORAY” over and over again for you. You are the best out there. One thing is when you do campaign put on a suit even though it means nothing but to the public it has a better reflection about yourself. You are the best newspaper in town and you are the best man for the job as mayor because you can see all the things wrong with the town. Many people who have lived in Cornwall for almost a lifetime left for Brockville and… Read more »
Peter Jenkin
Dear Jamie I saw your comment on SF site where you talk of defamation I don’t think it right that people can post anything over there under fake names On the other hand it deeply trouble me that you allow Jules to post her claim about the Mayor and a Cornwall Restaurant staff. In my view this is slander with a few LOL LOL’s stuck in the paragraph Sorry I just think this is sordid and wrong and reflects poorly on you while u run for Mayor. The guy running for governor of Texas allowed Ted Nuggent to call President… Read more »

Sixty-odd comments (mostly deleted) on this story on the Freeholder.
Seven comments here. What’s with that?

Peter Jenkin you have to be a Bare Ass supporter and you are not a supporter of Jamie Gilcig. I can say what I wish to say and the vast majority of what I say is not published but I say what I feel and it is up to Jamie whether he wishes to publish it or not. Bare Ass has hurt Jamie a great deal since he has been in Cornwall and if I were Jamie I would not have moved to Cornwall but it is Jamie’s wish why he is living in Cornwall and running for mayor. Jamie… Read more »
Jamie you are so right..two minutes ago they finally closed the SF comments under the story of your run for Mayor And @Furtz you point out the low comment count here and I truly believe its all part of the big clique plan of trying to make it so hard for Mr Gilcig to become Mayor and clean up the mess this town is in. Its not hard to see that by making the crazy charges against the owner of this newspaper that people will be too afraid to post on here worried their private information might be seized by… Read more »
Claudette MacIntosh
Melman I think you told the story oh so well If the Freeholder runs a story its usually days after its on CFN SeawayNews is currently running some propaganda piece by clique of Cornwall The Mayor drones on and on Ignoring the issues facing this town while the video takes you on a car tour through the city. In the opening five minutes they show the harbour area and it sure isn’t pretty Then the News Editor asks people to send the video on to friends and family Its suppose to be a newspaper…not the Cornwall booster club The Mayor… Read more »

Even Rob Ford has enough sense to wear a tie.


@ Peter Jenkin. Yup. Being sued for libel is no fun. Could have fought it and probably won, but my pockets aren’t that deep. Took many years to pay off that nightmare.

Jamie you are right about putting Cornwall first. Bare Ass will not debate you and like someone said here that he would need to have all the questions ahead of time and have someone give him the answers. It will take a humoungous clean up to change Cornwall for the better. Too many people were badly hurt and most of the town has left a long time ago. Some people had high hopes for Cornwall and everything fell apart. Jamie you will find out about Cornwall’s situation if you become mayor and take a good look at the books. There… Read more »
Jamie I remember that sudonym “Itinerant” and that was possibly Claude MacIntosh? I used to blog with this man and thought that he was ligit. OMG who knows who some people really are. Mac&Cheese used to have good stories about Cornwall’s past when things were in the “good Cornwall” unlike the way Cornwall has become a place that nobody wants to live in anymore. The biggest problem that Cornwall has is that dirty clique and it is they who say whether you can do business in Cornwall or not. They chase businesses away and we have heard that from many… Read more »
Peter Jenkin
Mr Furtz Very glad my memory was correct. In NO WAY was this an attempt to be rude or negative towards you and it seems you didn’t take it that way…for that I am grateful. Was just trying to point out to Jules..or anybody else…that you can say anything you want..BUT..sometimes that can come at a very steep price to the pocketbook. Jules..Still await your “Proof” about the Mayor and St Hubert…cat got your tongue????? It was very easy for you to label me an enemy of Jamie and part of the clique…anybody doing a google search of my comments… Read more »

@ Peter Jenkin. No offense taken at all. Just a cautionary story about how expensive it can be to state something publicly (true or not) about anyone. In my case, it was a letter to the editor in a local paper with my real name attached. People should also be aware that there is no such thing as anonymity when posting comments on any internet site.

Stanley Lalonde

Congradulation on running for mayor. Alot of people will tell you what is wrong with government but it takes a MAN to do something about it. Proud to know you.

Debbie Cameron

For those interested in supporting Jamie & CFN, please join my new Facebook group called; Support CornwallFree News. This is a positive, respectful group for like minded individuals.