City Council Wants Action on Bridge Issue
Cornwall Ontario – During last week’s city council meeting, Councilor Mark MacDonald sought the council’s approval for a motion he put forth.
This motion asked council and the Mayor of Cornwall to become more politically involved with the bridge issue.
The MacDonald request was approved unanimously by council.
Andre Rivette who seconded this motion was asked why he thought council needed to take action and he said, “I seconded the motion because I thought it was needed to make sure the new Minister was aware that the City of Cornwall wants this file dealt with ASAP, and to give the Mayor the backing needed when he speaks to the Minister. It sends the Minister a clear message that the Mayor has full support from his Council.”
Councilor Bernadette Clement was asked why she voted in favor of MacDonald’s request, she said, “I was fully supportive of the City Council motion to communicate with the new Minister of Public Safety. The Mayor and Council of the City of Cornwall are concerned about the long-term impact of the border issue on this community and have been actively encouraging all parties to move toward a resolution as soon as possible. There was also a call for mediation to help the process.”
Clement believes that a new Public Safety Minister could helpful in resolving this issue when she said, “The presence of a new Minister is an opportunity for this community. I do hope that Minister Toews will bring a more effective approach to the situation and that he will soon respond to calls for interviews and meetings. We need to hear from him.”
MacDonald believes the bridge issue is a major setback for Cornwall and believes the new Minister needs to take action when he said, “I think that unless the new minister gets “directly involved” the issue will drag on and on. As far as I know the money is the bank for the new low level bridge, and this issue stands in the way. The new low level bridge will dramatically change Cornwall.”
Macdonald has already come up with a back up plan if the conservatives keep up their trend of silence on this issue. He outlines this when he said, “The next step, if we are ignored on this motion, is to call our MP in front of Council. We have to keep political pressure on the federal government to resolve this issue.”
What do you think Cornwall Ontario?
please visit our sponsors: