CORNWALL Ontario – It is a popularity contest, isn’t it?
I had the funniest chat with a former mayor of Cornwall at the Library event Monday night. I had previously watched this gentleman have a slap fight with Mayor Kilger at a council meeting. Clearly he would not support the mayor;but clearly he was not a fan of Mr. O’Shaughnessy; most likely for partisan political reasons.
I joked with him that he had a conundrum as there was only one other alternative.
It was a weird and surreal night. Of course with David Rawnsley as moderator things would be a bit astral. Mr. Rawnsley did a first rate job too.
Council candidate Brock Frost fled the debate running down a library row through books that I doubt he’d ever read. He appeared fine after the debate saying that he had blacked out. Butterflies? Bad reaction to ….? Does Justin Towndale exist? I jest, but the candidate still hasn’t shown his face at an event yet.
It was a motley mix at the library; part high school like running for class president; part running for issues. You could see jitters like Davey Bedard losing it or Greg Kielec fumbling as he filtered his message while gerrymandering some truths.
There were some low points; David Murphy totally fabricating a reality and clearly offering little to no substance; but sounding great; sugar coating a council record that frankly should be investigated by police and that he being a “rookie” is no excuse for.
I won’t even mention the odd weirdness that was Glen Grant’s speech. The crowd didn’t respond much either. Poor Pat Clarke ate up nearly all of his three minutes sharing his various groups and boards that he’s on (all that boycott this newspaper too!)
Some prepared statements; some ad-libbed. Some interesting speeches of note; Heather Megill, Mary Ann Hug, Denis Carr, and Claude McIntosh had the funniest line of the night taking a shot at postal workers. Some knew about arts and some didn’t. Sadly some of those that didn’t tried to bluff it and clanged such as Mr. Murphy and Councilor Grant.
Some focused on other issues pointing out problems at City Hall as Mark A MacDonald, Roland Besner, and Greg Kielic did.
The crowd was larger than expected at our beautiful library that I shared should become an even more beautiful downtown Art Centre as we have another library two blocks away which drew more support from the Library crowd than I expected.
And now for what many have been waiting for. The excerpts. I only voice recorded as I didn’t want to stand up with a video camera while a candidate and couldn’t get someone to cover last night.
Some council candidate excerpts
And in order of appearance:
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