I was chatting with a veteran Cornwall politico this week and the subject turned to a common one; whether current Cornwall mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy was an improvement over the man he defeated, Bob Kilger?
This was after Les lost a key vote on hiring of fire fighters at Monday night’s council meeting. I pointed out that Bob would never have lost an issue by one vote in the manner that occurred Monday night, and that he’d never have allowed Wormgate to go National.
While both men clearly have their political flaws, they have some very different ones.
Kilger fell into the rabbit hole with his council following him. The Chem Tanks on our waterfront, the optics of his son’s hiring as a firefighter, the CFN boycott (which O’Shaughnessy has maintained) and false arrest of editor Jamie Gilcig while Kilger and his campaign manager were on the Police board and the Chief needed a new contract, and allegations of corruption when it comes to permits and real estate dealings.
O’Shaughnessy has shown a total lack of ability in managing issues.
Showing up at the Vincent family home over their lovely ice rink.
Failure to deal with the Brock Frost scandal.
The Conflict of Interest Application for the Benson University project.
Appearing unkempt in professional appearances on TV or in the media.
Council under Kilger appeared to be in a iron grip of bad theatre and single vision, even if it was a poor one. While there were little bursts of opposition it usually led to banishment or in the case of O’Shaughnessy, resignation.
Under Les we’re seeing multiple factions and in particular Elaine MacDonald throwing organized labour’s weight around that is going to cost taxpayers a lot of cash at tax time. There’s sloppiness in open council meetings.
I’m sure there are other issues but we’ll let you, our amazing CFN viewers post your thoughts.