Cornwall Ontario City Councilor on Chem Tanks & Federal Government Cash – JAN 27, 2015

Cornwall Ontario City Councilor on Chem Tanks & Federal Government Cash – JAN 27, 2015

Mark MacDonald NOV 2014Greetings:

I would like to set the record straight regarding the chemical tanks on our waterfront.chem tanks ball park april 2014  The federal government bullied the city of Cornwall and shoved that deal down our throats.  At one point Councillor Rivette had even suggested calling in the army to stop them and now he is talking about rules when it comes to dealing with the feds.

The only rule in politics is that there are no rules in politics, especially when it comes to the federal government owing us money for the damage that they have done to our gorgeous waterfront.

Our city is in desperate need of cash and we need to use every angle possible to get extra money, without raising taxes.  We are short over 5 million dollars in our capital reserves and now is the time to push the feds for help.

Mark A. MacDonald
Councillor, City of Cornwall

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18 Comments on "Cornwall Ontario City Councilor on Chem Tanks & Federal Government Cash – JAN 27, 2015"

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Hugger1
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Mark….all nice and fuzzy. Sure the tanks and land are located in Cornwall. BUT the tanks are on land owned by the federal government. The contract is valid with a company that leased that land. As it was pointed out last night if one party walks away from the divestiture talks then the talks are cancelled and we are back to square one. Keep up these requests to be compensated and I wouldn’t be surprised if the federal government walked away from the talks. Then where are we? If you think the city is going to get compensation for these… Read more »
Kristoffer Howes
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Maybe someone should build an outdoor rink alongside the chemical tanks …

Hugger1
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It’s a well known fact that the harbour lands are federally owned. TC did comment last year that they had leased the land to the company that built the tanks. As I’ve said before the federal government does not negotiate in the media. It’s behind closed doors. If you negotiate in the media then things get misconstrued and prices go up. For example if they were to say they wanted a piece of land and it became known and the price would magically be bumped up due to interest that the feds wanted it. As Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy said last… Read more »
Hugger1
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Yes, governments do work on behalf of the people. But as Andre Rivette pointed out….”You’re playing by the feds rules. You play by their game, or you don’t play at all.” Federal laws outrank provincial and municipal laws. Yes, a lot of times the feds will abide by Provincial and / or muicipal law. But when the federal government digs in their heels they usually win. Do you think they want to let Cornwall win in the tanks case? If they did then they’d be open to letting cities and towns decide what they could do with their federally owned… Read more »
Hugger1
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I think that is a popular (?) misconception. The feds do not have to follow municipal / provincial laws. In most cases they will. But they will go against said municipal / provincial laws if they feel the need.

Hugger1
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Of course they have to follow other federal agency laws. I remember back when I was working for the feds the department I was working for was fined by an agency due to rules that had been broken. The funny thing was that agency fining the department was actually an agency of that department. And they wonder why Joe Average gets confused.

Hugger1
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I never said I agreed with the tanks being there. In fact, I do not like it. But as Councilor Andre Rivette said “You’re playing by the feds rules. You play by their game, or you don’t play at all.” I’m one for following the rules. Without rules you end up with anarchy, not somewhere I’d want to be.

Hugger1
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And this surprises you? It doesn’t / didn’t surprise me.

Hugger1
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That was because I know how governments operate and accept that’s how they do business. Is it right? Probably not. But it isn’t easy changing government policy that has been in place for many, many years.

David Oldham
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Councilors, mayors and city administrators can all play the blame game and fool some of the people some of the time. I have no respect for individuals who jump to pass the buck while offering no acknowledge of their own shortcomings or lack of involvement. This situation (tanks) was a completely avoidable and controllable situation.Just ask a lawyer about “a right of first refusal” and how this would have provided the city with a avenue of control in the matter. Enough said on that as no one at the city knew how to deal effectively with planning (no vision). Bottom… Read more »
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