CFN – It’s been a long election season. Debate after debate, speech after speech, private moments, heated moments, moments that separate one candidate from another.
I can say that at both the local riding level here in SD&SG and at the Provincial level where I’ve seen Tim Hudak barr me from an event thus showing his lack of respect for Freedom of the press which was supported locally by both his candidate Jim McDonell and NDP candidate Elaine MacDonald.
I’ve seen dirty tactics employed by the NDP out of Toronto and locally as well.
I know it’s hard to unseat an incumbent, but if you have to sink to some of the things I’ve witnessed in this campaign…well it doesn’t inspire confidence for me at least.
I’ve also seen infighting which has been a bit disappointing. To me if you belong to a party, are a committed partisan then you smile and keep going even if you don’t get that nomination or vote. You don’t throw out party ideology because you don’t like the candidate.
A perfect example of party loyalty is Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, just scant weeks off of Cancer surgery, stepping up to the podium and giving a rousing speech while endorsing his former opponent in the mayor’s race, and our Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Mayor Kilger endorses Dalton McGuinty and Mark A MacDonald
Politically I’ve learned a lot over the last three years from Mayor Kilger. I endorsed him in the Mayor’s race and I concur with his vision in this election.
I’m proud to announce that I fully endorse Mark A MacDonald to be the next MPP of Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry on October 6th as the Liberal candidate for the future Majority government of Dalton McGuinty.
The turning point for me personally was when the Libertarian candidate verbalized something that would cause many a lesser man to reach out and throttle him. The fact that the Libertarian chose to continue the debate and not apologize until after while Mr. MacDonald kept his cool showed poise that you expect from a civic leader.
The biggest thing I can say about Mark is his pure work ethic. I’ve watched him for a few years now and his commitment not to “Big Business” or “Big Labour” is inspiring. His commitment to those with the smallest voices in our community is a rarity in this day and age for politicians.
I’ve seen him support small business; not just give lip service to it. I’ve seen him take seniors to doctor appointments and be there for almost anyone that contacts him.
Ultimately we hope that when we call our MP or MPP; our city councilor, or anyone in office to represent us that they are there for us.
His chief opponents in this election may have more years of political office, but they do have those qualities. I know people who have gone to Elaine MacDonald seeking simple letters of reference including the hypocritical Jason Setynk who wailed about Elaine not writing him a reference so that he could get a union teaching job instead of having to work grueling hours for less pay at a private school.
I’ve seen a lot of pettiness and hypocrisy from Elaine MacDonald. Too much. If you don’t act in this life. If you sit by in silence when you see a gross injustice while living off the fat of the land you just don’t deserve my vote….or anyones.
I’ve seen residents of South Garry spend a lot of money having a huge banner printed hoping to have Mayor McDonell voted “UP” so that his impact on their community can end. I’ve listened to residents of his community rally together to fight an unfair and heavy handed water tax increase of nearly 300%.
No, there are those that dress well and talk the talk, and then there are those that walk the walk.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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