CORNWALL Ontario – They say election runs start the minute after election results occur.
Our city just saw some major change. A corrupt mayor and some of his cronies were dumped. Clearly local voters wanted change to varying degrees. There are a lot of new faces and of course their agendas will become more clear as their voices and votes evolve around the council table.
What is clear is that things are different this term, even in the early days. Two major issues have hit council in its first month, the Brock Frost scandals, and the Vincent family ice rink. Some have decided to duck and hide and some on council have made statements even if some of those were stumbles.
An example being that an experienced politician like Bob Kilger would know that if you had to deliver bad news you send a councilor you don’t like or a staffer, not show up like Mayor O’Shaughnessy did. Kids, Christmas, shutting down a rink? Uh uh. That’s not a winning recipe.
Likewise stating that after Councilor Frost issued two press releases signed as a City Councilor regarding his silly allegations that this writer made sexual advances on him at a sales meeting that it wasn’t a council issue. It is. Not because of CFN; but because of the poor judgement of Mr. Frost; but Mr. Frost is on the council, essentially a member of the board of directors of the corporation of the City of Cornwall.
That the Municipal Act has no teeth is sad for council; but unlike South Stormont they did not issue a statement to mitigate or distance themselves as best they could that is the stank created by Mr. Frost over the River Kings and poor Mr. Hatset’s missing $690K US in Mr. Frost’s real estate deal.
So who looks to be eyeing the mayor’s gavel in 2018? Will Mr. O’Shaughnessy want to run again? Was the poetic justice of resigning from council and then coming back and beating Bob Kilger tonic enough to go along with the $200K in salary and benefits? It sure beats the Real Estate commissions Leslie was struggling to earn at Century 21.
Will Mark A MacDonald take another kick at the can? Will new comer Justin Towndale if his alleged Federal run for Justin Trudeau in this riding isn’t successful?
David Murphy has made no secret that he wants to be mayor of Cornwall, but he had a set back this election and there still are some very large unanswered questions and skeletons kicking around regarding “Murph”. And of course Maurice Dupelle is quietly building up his Q number to consider a bid.
It should be interesting as the term rolls forward to see who takes which initiatives and positions which should make this a very different term of council here in Cornwall.
What do you think CFN viewers? Who shall we vote for mayor for in 2018? You can vote in our early first poll and post your comment below.
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