CFN– A 4.2 earthquake hit Eastern Ontario & Quebec at 4:05 EST this morning. Rumblings that Councilor Bernadette Clement was practicing one of her inquisitive ponderings have not been confirmed, but in light of the Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay resigning .
Tremblay; a long time politician like Mayor Kilger was tripped up by the corruption commission in Montreal and Quebec. Media reports that the Laval mayor is next.
Is it time for the ombudsman of Ontario to initiate a similar commission in Cornwall? Election fraud, a wonky city clerk who is being propped up by the mayor and a group of councilors that seem set on covering up the antics of retiring CAO Paul Fitzpatrick while jacking up city taxes to pay for it.
There’s already a fuzzy investigation headed up by one Judith Allen, but it’s been going on for awhile and the public and taxpayers most likely will never learn about its results or process. For example were all witnesses compelled to speak? If you don’t investigate everyone related to an issue how can your results be true?
Of course the mayor is not big on results as he sat through a Waterfront Committee meeting recently where it was agreed that even though the numbers of a report were off by as much as 7% the report and its recommendations would still be submitted to council.
Corruption is not unique to Cornwall, Montreal, or any city. It can even some times be a good thing, but when it holds back growth and hurts a community because of petty ignorance and vanity it’s time to tilt things back.
No, it’s time that the City of Cornwall do a proper housecleaning and break the back of its “Old Boys” way of doing things even if it means telling some not sitting old boys to back off.
The only way to move forward sometimes is to rip something down and start from scratch and what’s happened here in Cornwall is something that all of Council at this point have to be held accountable for. Silence is guilt. To knowingly see chicanery and sit in silence doesn’t equate to innocence…. it just equates to selfish cowardice.
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