Cornwall ON – It is most unfortunate that Cornwall was not chosen as the venue for the G8/G20 summits. The area could surely have profited from the millions of dollars the federal government has poured into the current location for the meetings.
We could have had:
– a new international bridge and talks between ministers and local leaders would have resolved the stalemate regarding a new border crossing location.
– a four lane Highway 138 linking us to the capital city.
– the old general hospital on Second Street converted to a long term care facility for those taking up beds in our overloaded community hospital.
– the full cost of our new sports centre paid by the federal government.
– a new media centre along the side of the St. Lawrence River. We could have had toilets and snack bars along the beautiful river-front walkway.
– the Long Sault parkway re-paved and again have toilets and snack bars along its route to encourage physical activity.
– our regional airport up-graded.
– beautification funds for the areas mostly in need of financial help.
– a windmill on windmill point just to make the visitors feel this was not a name only.
– a mammoth pleasure area with year round activities on the old Domtar site. The old site could have been paved over so it was no longer an eyesore. There could have been boardwalks alongside these sites with two tiers of shopping boutiques making Cornwall a place to visit after the G8/G20 have become history.
We can dream on and on of all the benefits that might have accrued. All this could have been possible except the federal Government does not have to buy this Riding, they have it in their pockets. We have a non-functioning member of parliament who will continue to be elected by the people in this political Riding. Seemingly, the less you do the more votes you get, all that is needed is to work at getting ample photographic opportunities. We have two excellent women candidates in the Riding and, hopefully, at the next election, the public will vote for the change the area desperately needs. Without an active member of parliament this area will slide ever deeper into the mire of maybe we could ……..
John E. Milnes,
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