CORNWALL Ontario – Maybe the commute to Ottawa is wearing him down; but Cornwall Ontario Mayor Bob Kilger skipped the first political event of the election as the majority of candidates appeared before the members of the FOCUS ART group in Cornwall Ontario to talk about arts and funding.
Present were mayoralty candidates Leslie O’Shaughnessy and Jamie Gilcig, who are already getting a rough ride from the Seaway News editor Todd Lihou, and most of the council candidates. Francis Racine from Le Journal showed up as well.
It was a Q&A format with candidates having three rounds of questions before members from the floor could add to the discussion.
Much of the “focus” was on the hopes of a future art centre with some of the answers ranging from sensible to the near absurd.
Particular out of their depth were councilors Glen Grant, Syd Gardiner, and candidates Rony Macarone and Brock Frost with Mr. Frost trying to make up for it by writing a cheque to the group for $500. The lengths some people will go to get an endorsement and some votes!
Missing were Mark A MacDonald, Geoff Stephenson, Davey Bedard, Roland Besner, Pat Clarke, Heather Megill, and newly announced Denis Carr, Maurice Dupelle and Justin Townsdale.