CORNWALL Ontario – It’s very unusual for the city of Cornwall to issue a press release on a Saturday. In the rare exceptions it usually has to do with an emergency of some sort, but yesterday the City released a statement repudiating the message from the Community Action Group which is allegedly focused on controlling taxes.
Sadly there is a lot of misinformation being thrown back and forth and even more sadly people like Roy Perkins & Sandy Cameron are playing petty politics.
CAG is asking candidates to sign a pledge while refusing to meet with other candidates even though they have stated a desire to not just hold the line on taxes, but actually cut them.
It’s small town petty politics as CAG is about to place ads, except that CAG boycotts the largest newspaper in Cornwall even though its owner is a member of CAG and is a candidate that wants to cut taxes by 5% over the next four years.
It comes down to what happens to a community when private agendas take over. Further irony is that members of CAG have come to City Hall to get their own pet projects funded and of course this funding would not lower taxes.
CAG itself has been quite mysterious with members like Gerry Benson in, then out, and almost no public gatherings of the group or any other actions except at election time or budget time.
Lip service rarely gets results and if the members really wanted change they have the power to help make those changes. It should be interesting to see how this current election drama plays out.
Council Candidate Mark A MacDonald wants to have a public meeting to talk about the CAG pledge.
Greetings: For those of you who are interested — we will be meeting at the Benson Centre on Tuesday
night at 6:00 pm to discuss the issue of the CAG document. A recent media release (propaganda) from the city regarding the budget will also be discussed.Please be aware that there is a (lame duck) Council Meeting the same night and it starts at 7:00 at City Hall. It does not really matter that the old council members are present at our meeting, the city press release was clear regarding their position.The 40% raise for the new council is not in line with the position of the CAG and this will be an opportunity for the candidates to discuss the budget process and how the 40% raise will set an example for other city departments.I have invited representatives from the City and the CAG to attend.See you Tuesday —
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