Cornwall ON – Jason Setnyk, who is running for city council of Cornwall Ontario asked the crowd, rhetorically of course, “How many pessimists does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Of course the answer is zero as pessimists change nothing.
It’s that spirit and zest that’s added some life to the debates so far into the election season. There are eighteen days left in the campaign and the two major debates are done and over.
Final Statements from Andre Rivette, Gary Samler, Gerald Samson, Jason Setnyk, and Denis Thibault
Now all that’s left is stumping; door knocking; some advertising and hope as the new candidates such as Jason, Gary Samler, Maurice Dupelle, Todd Bennett, Madeleine Lebrun, Patricia Lalonde, and Pat Finnerty await to see if they join some of the incumbents around the city council table on October 26th.
Final Statement – Jim Marshall, David Murphy, Leslie O’Shaugnessy, & Claude Poirier
It’s so sad that the public isn’t exposed to more about the candidates. We’re being asked to “Hire” the people that will make the final decisions on how $150 Million plus dollars per year are spent in the city of Cornwall Ontario and what do we really know about any of them? Two minute statements are not really enough.
The coverage and advertising for most of the candidates has been minimal in this race; many don’t have websites. We will continue to try and get as much from the candidates as we can information wise. Hopefully some of them will offer different statements rather than the same ones from event to event.
Final Statements Mary Ann Hug, Patricia Lalonde, Madeleine Lebrun, & Elaine Macdonald
It was odd that the Labour Council gave its endorsements prior to the debate as some of the those not endorsed definately sounded much more Norma Rae than some of those nominated. Officials from the Labour Council explained about their questionaire process and timing, but it did feel odd as shared by some of the candidates with us prior to the debate.
Final Statements – Dupelle, Gardiner, Grant
Final Statements from Bedard, Bennett, Carr
As the silliness was separated from the substance certain councilors showed that they had the mettle to make decisions involving vast sums of money.
Denis Carr and Denis Thibault have proven themselves in council. Their records speak for themselves. Surprisingly Mike Bedard showed focus and direction and is one of the few running with real business experience. Todd Bennett also showed an understanding of the financials involved with running a city.
Some voters don’t realize that the city hires full time managers and staff to come up with solutions, reasons, and the nitty gritty of running a city. Decisions are brought to council for wisdom, judgement, direction, and yes vision. It’s not really about who’s nice or who worked with your aunt’s uncle’s cousin that used to work the night shift at that place that went out of business in the 70’s.
There are real life and death financial decisions that impact everyone that lives in Cornwall and even those living around who use our services and facilities.
The Question period of the crowd was a bit difficult for Nicole Spahich. Neither English nor French are her mother tongue?
Councilor Syd Gardner asked the Mayoralty candidates about being positive from the floor.
“Hope = Prolonged Disappointment” Councilor Mark MacDonald
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