Open Mike by Mike Bedard: I think it is time for Bob Kilger to resign as Mayor!

Open Mike by Mike Bedard:  I think it is time for Bob Kilger to resign as Mayor!

CFN – Opportunity to improve the process or an Opportunity for the public to see the process isn’t being followed?

Mayor Kilger is quoted as saying the following in the standard free-holder:

 

“I’m confident the process was respected for matters to be included in closed session, and I stand by it,” said Kilger.

 

Mayor Kilger later stated several excuses in the Standard-Freeholder, such as: “I was coming back from Toronto”  but that’s no excuse for not having forewarned Rivette that I would be proceeding with this matter!

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Several Councillors stated that they believe the process can be improved and that all can learn from this fiasco, but I honestly believe that the only thing that needs to be learned is to respect that other people have a mind of their own and will not always agree with you.  Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean you can attack them or “gang” up on them behind a closed doors to hide from public scrutiny.

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We want to see what and how our politicians really act.  Mayor Bob Kilger is 100% to blame for allowing this to happen.  He chaired the meeting and it is his duty to ensure all discussions stay on topic.  He allowed the topic to become personal and should apologize or resign!  The only thing that needs to be learned is that you need to follow the rules and you are not exempt because you hold the title of Mayor or Councillor!

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I personally have grown tired of listening to too many in this dysfunctional group at city hall and I believe the leadership is to blame or lack of leadership!  Mayor Bob may have been the best choice in the last election but he is sick and is not fully focused on the task at hand.

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He is too good of a politician to have let these shenanigans run wild in City Hall.  I believe he is no longer capable of performing all of his duties to the best of his abilities and I wish he acknowledge this fact and admit that his health has detracted from his performance.  If he needs to take a break from politics than no one would question his decision due to health reasons!  However, staying in office and dragging the city down will forever leave a black eye on his remarkable reputation.

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Mayor Kilger’s performance is similar to an elite athlete who continues in their sport after they have passed their prime and continues to disappoint their fans due to their inability to meet expectations.  More hype than production!

Our Councilors need to start fighting for their Political careers by beginning to represent the people and not the Clique!

Almost every councilor took the Mayors side during this debate.  This isn’t surprising due to the fact that many were involved in acting out of line during this closed-door meeting and took part in personally attacking Mr. Rivette.  The lack of transparency has been an issue for longer than this term of council but it was only brought to light now due to the term oil at city hall.  There has always been an abundance of critics commenting on administrations performance but never have I seen such retaliation as that produced to harm the Cornwall Free News!

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This Council and administration strikes me as tired and has lost its ability to ignore unfounded comments and to properly defend not only itself but its staff effectively!  I am sure it is not a fun place or position to be in at the moment but that is the fault of those in power and can be changed by choosing honesty over loyalty!

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I personally was called by members of the Kilger Camp during the last municipal election for taking the side of the CFIB’s Communities in Boom report and not that of Mr. Kilger’s.  To his day my comments continue to be proven as more accurate than those of the mayor and I am proud that I took the right stance and defended the truth rather than create a misconception to gain public favor!  It may have cost me being elected, as one of the clique, pointed out during a private lunch meeting.  My response to that today is THANK, GOD!  Karma is a good thing and I strongly believe that the reason I am not on council was to protect me from being grouped with this shameful political mess!

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This is why I wrote in a previous article choosing a representative over a politician is what is good for municipal politics.  Bullying of this sort would never happen and pride rather than arrogance would be restored to City Hall!

In Summary

Mayor Bob Kilger and all of those on the previous council ran an election platform that proclaimed that they were a “tight knit group” and that they were arguably the most successful group in recent memory.  Hence, the “Builder Bob” slogan!

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Today, they are arguably the most dysfunctional and most disgraceful group in recent memory and if you’re going to “take” credit for the good then you definitely will be “given” credit for the bad!

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All of the shameful actions regarding those of the Mayor, Councilors and Administration are a direct result of the attitude associated with the “clique” or the privileged and are not so much the fault of the new councilors such as Maurice Dupelle and David Murphy!

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The Mayor is not capable of changing the public’s opinion of Council and City Hall and needs to resign to allow for a fresh start and to protect administration and council.  It is common in business for a manager or CEO to resign to protect the image of the corporation and something drastic must take place to see the continued progression that so many have worked hard and long for!  It’s time to hand over the torch!

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I promise everyone a no-holds barred, aggressive, blue collared campaign come the 2014 election that will re-inspire those that feel like they do not have representation in this City!  The number of e-mails and the continuous show of support from all of you is extremely breathtaking and inspires me every day to fight for what’s right and to fly in the face of adversity!

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Thank You,
Mike Bedard

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