Kilger or O’Shaughnessy? Who’s the Better Mayor of Cornwall? POLL August 16, 2015

Kilger or O’Shaughnessy?  Who’s the Better Mayor of Cornwall?  POLL  August 16, 2015

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.Bobhappy1-800x422

While both men clearly have their political flaws, they have some very different ones.Leslie Oshaughnessy

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.

Wormgate

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.

Who was the better Mayor? Kilger or O’Shaugnessy?

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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.

 

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28 Comments on "Kilger or O’Shaughnessy? Who’s the Better Mayor of Cornwall? POLL August 16, 2015"

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mary bray
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Kilger was the most dishonest mayor,however, his many contacts still look out for him,debts still being paid. Les does not get the respect a mayor should be receiving & earning. He is hiding from the press & seems to encourage bad press on Cornwall & simply does not seem to known when to speak & when to remain quite.

Hugger1
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Can we pick “none of the above?”

Simon
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Sure, lets compare… A) A mayor that earned his chops on-the-job, and on the ground… who can understand municipal/provincial legislation, and who can understand the relationships between townships, counties, municipalities and the province. B) A mayor that learned the ropes of backroom dealings, political gaming, and cover-ups, on the Hill and in the Prime Minister’s Office, who delegates everything, and gets his underlings to do his dirty work. One takes a lot more hits, but that’s from being more visible and more forthcoming than the other, who would contentedly serve himself, while a parade of victims, and his sucker minions,… Read more »
David Oldham
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Best of the worst? The current mayor is a definite disappointment in my opinion. The occurrences mentioned above are just the tip of a much larger problem I believe. Opportunities to effectively and admirably deal with prior whistle blower situations simply passed by. Opportunity to demonstrate through the budget process and subsequent tax imposed simply lost. New ways to consume limited resources (like bike markings on the roadways with lovely directional arrows) and no ability seemingly to form functional groups to address community issues (promotion of Cornwall and the looming electrical crisis Dec 31st 2019) for starters. In my books… Read more »
jules
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Oh boy here I go on this topic. I have sung plenty of doo doo at Kilger and I meant every single word of it and more BUT Kilger in general had a more professional system than what Les has and that is the truth and nothing but from me. Yes Kilger has done plenty of damage to {MODERATED} that is the truth and boycotting this good man and his great paper along with pushing the chem tanks without the knowledge and approval of the people and trying to get a convicted {MODERATED} Compared to Les Kilger had things better… Read more »
jules
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Jamie I did not vote in the poll and felt that my words would weigh on something whether I flipped into total insanity or what. Honest to God Jamie neither one are any good but to put it bluntly and honestly with all BOB’s faults and ugly, dirty under handed dealings that he has done to Cornwall and its people (to vote the lesser of two evils) is very hard to do BUT your wacky Jules has to say this. Of all the doo doo that I have flung at BOB and you know what I wrote but didn’t publish… Read more »
Believe Me 1
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Those pictures are just not fair ball Jamie !

Pastor Tom Newton
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Pro 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn”.

I think such a poll is a little premature and unfair. At least we should wait for one term to be up and then have more facts and actions to be able to properly evaluate him overall.

jules
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Pastor Newton neither man is worthy at all not BOB nor Les. I always agree with you and you point to the truth as usual but I do say that neither of them are good. The only difference is that BOB had some class of some sort and knew the ropes of politics and had a much more professional handling of his council than what Les has. Les had made promises and mucked up badly and if he mucked up badly in the firsts term then he won’t do any better as time goes on. I have Les pegged for… Read more »
Hugger1
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Believe Me 1….explain please.

Believe Me 1
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Jamie! You seem to be holding Mayor O’Shaughnessy at fault over the
Conflict of Interest Application for the Benson University Project ..In my opinion that’s fine providing you appeal the Court decision against the Lawsuit that you filed in that regard or until the appeal period expires.

marc L
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I never voted for eithier one of these Mayors.But that being said, i really don,t think it matters who the people choose to run this city.Time has shown the mayors are there only for them selfs and their friends.Untill this stops our city will not move ahead.
Politic,s in Cornwall is nothing but a sham
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jules
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Marc L. you said it perfectly that the mayors in Cornwall are only there for themselves and that is 100% and more of the truth. Cornwall will never get ahead as long as the mentality of the sheeple remains way below other places and believe me it is mighty low and everyone laughs at Cornwall even those in the SD&G who live further from Cornwall. Nobody wants to be affiliated with Cornwall and that is the truth. I have seen it for 41 years here in Ottawa with all the jokes and laughter. My own landlord where I live now… Read more »
Believe Me 1
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Jamie ! You certainly must have believed that Mayor O’Shaughnessy as well as two City Councilors were in a Conflict of Interest situation that led you to file a Court case against them , however Judge Rick Leroy was quite clear stating that they were not in conflict if they voted to give money to a committee they sit on provided it works in the public interest. With that said!. I’ll stand and support Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy as I believe he’s an honest man , of strong integrity who will do his job in the best interest of the taxpayers… Read more »
Hugger1
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Some of us like it in Cornwall, even with all its warts, etc. Cornwall seems to draw the bad out of any politician who becomes part of the Cornwall fabric. The “sheeple”, as some prefer to call us, can only vote on what we’re told. Is it our fault Cornwall draws the worst out of politicians?

jules
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There is plenty of conflict of interest in Cornwall and boy oh boy is there ever and Les is only following the herd of sheep over the cliff of conflicts. Les promised to help Diane Shay but instead he pulled the fleece over his eyes and looked elsewhere. Les is not that much different to the antics of BOB except that BOB had a little bit more class and that is the truth. Les has done more embarrassment that hasn’t been seen since the days of Willie Wise and company, etc. Les is not a good leader at all and… Read more »
Hugger1
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Jules….I have to agree with you.

But we get the government we elect. What is the solution? Finding a politician that will do what they say. Finding one in Cornwall is a problem though.

Hugger1
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Admin….I have to agree 100% with your latest comments. As the saying goes. …you get the government you deserve.

Miss Steak
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I wonder why you didn’t put your name for the survey? You might be surprised to find that many would cast their vote for you. I know I would.
This present mayor needs to improve his public speaking skills. Perhaps a lesson in learning proper syntax might help. I cringe when I hear the man speak on our behalf. His grammar is atrocious.

jules
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Les is not an educated man and I didn’t support the man for his educational skills bu for his honesty which proved to be the complete opposite. Cornwall is known as a “blue collar worker” town and very few have the education necessary to be a politician or anything of that sort. BOB had no education but he didn’t remain his entire life in Cornwall and lived in other places with his hockey career and lives part of the time here in Ottawa and is in with different kinds of people. When you do not leave Cornwall for other places… Read more »
Hugger1
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Miss Steak. the poll was about mayors, not mayoralty candidates. Cornwall is a cocoon? That’s news to me and I suspect a lot of us living here. So, we’re all uneducated if we live in Cornwall? And we think that doctors, lawyers, engineers, business people, etc. are gods? Uhhhh, I don’t think so. Something about Cornwall turns politicians to the dark side. I’ve been outside Cornwall, I actually moved here. I would much rather live here than in a place like Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa, etc. We are not uneducated buffoons because we choose to live here.
Miss Steak
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I knew that Hugger 1…. I was just being cute.

MAC TAYLOR
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Mr. Editor, Been pondering your question for two days now ! This is not an easy one ! But my first question, is where in hell did you drag up that pic of Mayor “O” ? As Jules would say, I’m on the floor , splitting my gut ! lol,lol, rolf …… OK let’s get serious here, Kilger was a horrendous Mayor, most felt in the beginning, that he’d bring something to the table, that never materialized. Then the scandals hit, we all know them, too numerous to mention. The need for change was clear & the electorate voted in… Read more »
Hugger1
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People who live in glass houses (Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, etc.) should not throw stones. There is so much screwy and messed up about those cities that they make Cornwall a pleasant place to live. The sheeple in those cities should,not be pointing out what is wrong with Cornwall when there is so much wrong with Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, etc. Need I go on about the seat of the federal government or the seat of the provincial government? How about Montreal? I think it should seperate from Quebec and become it’s own district, much like Washington, D.C.
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