CORNWALL Ontario – It was another embarrassing night for the local Federal Liberal riding association under President Jamie Labonte. The lightly employed prez saw his guest speaker for the spaghetti fund raiser not show up and a crowd of less than 30 attended at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Sadly it marred the announcement of Corey Kalsi as a new contender for the riding nomination.
The 35 year old teacher joins Patricia Pichette of Ingleside, but neither is expected to be a major player in this race as rumblings are that either failed candidate Bernadette Clement may take another feeble stab at MP Guy Lauzon or that newcomer Justin Towndale may be ready to ride the Trudeau ticket.
Mr. Labonte, a former writer for this newspaper, has carried his vendetta into his new position.
In his last note to us he labelled our newspaper, in the largest city of this riding with over 19,000,000 human page views in 2014 a “personal blog”.
We have reviewed your opinion blog several times and will continue to do so in the future with an eye to working with you for maximum effect. Unfortunately, in the past as well as at present, there are a number of factors preventing the association from considering CFN as a credible avenue of advertisement for our activities.
1) Your readership has not been properly documented or verified. You claim an unusually large readership and yet if this was so, your personal bid for municipal mayoralty would have garnered you something other than last place in the most recent election. (under 800 votes compared to Bob Kilger’s 5000 votes)
2) Reputation: You are continually embroiled in media feuds with members of the community and have a criminal history. As an association, we’re sure you can understand that we need to be above reproach and unfortunately, unless some personal and professional (and documented) self-improvement occurs, the negative connotations of our advertising with you would surely outweigh any positives (if any).
3) Accuracy: Your blog continually makes factual “leaps” with respect to the community at large but more specifically our riding association. As an example I cite your recent “report” that our Maple leaf dinner lost money and had a poor turn-out. In point of fact, we had a packed room with every table filled and we made money. If you continue to pass opinion off as fact, there is no way that we can do business together. (and this is not opinion – it IS fact)
In conclusion, I regret to inform you that we will not be able to work together in any professional capacity for the various reasons. I wish you a festive holiday season and offer the heartfelt wish that you manage to celebrate the season without incident.
Jamie Labonte President SDSG FLA
CFN is the only media in the region to provide raw real numbers regarding circulation or content results. Mr. Labonte suggested a criminal history of which this writer has none other than a false police charge for making threatening phone calls that a production order from Bell Telephone has already proven false. IE no calls were made as charged.
Ironically Mr. Labonte lists his writings in CFN on his linked in profile and lists his riding presidency under employment.
Looks like another easy win for Mr. Lauzon in 2015….
Editor’s note: Claude Poirier and his team make amazing spaghetti sauce at the KOC in Cornwall.
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