CFN – The last column Claude McIntosh wrote for the Standard Freeholder contained a straight out lie. It wouldn’t be the first time Mr. McIntosh made up a porkie and blurted it out on the page.
Now this wasn’t some “opinion”. Nope, it was a clear knowing mistaking of the truth when he stated that I had printed that Denis (another liar) Thibault had lost his job with the EOTB which of course as anyone who read my piece (and a lot of you did) can tell you I did not print.
For over five decades Mac has been dishing; but after that piece he never wrote a word again for the Quebecor owned Standard Freeholder.
He moved down to the Seaway News which used to be the Shopper News and is more known for being that thing they put in the ad bag than an actual newspaper. News has never been their focus really.
It was no secret that Mac was moving on down; but the inside giggle was that his first column would be on his long time man crush Ed “Chester” Lumley which it was, and then of course to that man that helps keep him hired, our own Mayor Bob Kilger who was the rah rah of his second column. I won’t share our fearless prediction for his third column; but those in the know are already giggling.
The spin on Mac’s second column though wasn’t who it was about; but that it essentially was mimicking or responding to my story and poll about the next election.
Mac pontificates on his beloved mayor; and the mayor’s rival in the last election Mark A MacDonald, but what is Mac really working at? I spoke with one local politico and he thought Claude’s column was trying to discourage others from running.
Now some know that I have been pushed to run for office since the last election. I even sat with Mayor Kilger and discussed it. But I felt that the election would not be clean and that I’d not get a fair shake from other media and decided to not run; a wise decision as there have been complaints and the last election looked anything close to legit.
This upcoming election should be interesting. Most people in the know don’t expect Mayor Kilger to finish his term. According to sources he’s already been informed by the “Old Guard” of Cornwall that he’s lost their support. He’s simply cost them and the city too much money.
That will leave the door open to new stooges. Sure there may be some old names like Mark MacDonald or Bernadette Clement. Phil Poirier still has aspirations; but there are some new names rumbling. As a matter of fact I joked recently that if somehow the Mayor manages to evade criminal charges over mail tampering; his conflict of interest allegations, the whistleblowing scandals, and his health issues then I’d consider agreeing to run against him as people keep pushing me.
And I have no political aspirations. The debates alone could sell popcorn.
My biggest concern for Cornwall in the next election is who runs for council. While we know many of the Kilger Coven will not be running again the stooges to replace them are already being prepped. Names like Alyssa Blais and Vanessa Regnier get bandied around with some other stooogy cliquey people and it would be sad to simply see a new generations of sycophants whose incomes are beholden to the “Old Guard” get elected.
But those my dear viewers are for other stories, and other days.
Frankly its sad to see Mac writing for the Seaway News. It’s sad to see that someone with over five decades of history with what was the number one daily in the region go tabloid. It really is. The state of journalism today is kinda scary.
You have to sell your soul for Rock and Roll and that means that it’s not really news; but PR.
How can anyone blame the public when they don’t find out the truth or even worse, what is being fed as the truth isn’t?
And finally speaking of the Truth, Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley’s hearing starts up again on July 16th at 10 AM at the courthouse. We’re only at the stage where the court has to decide if Mr. Hickley’s petition to have the city pay his legal bill moves forward; but from what little I’ve heard so far Super Lawyer Will McDowell has been burning the hours and earning his shekels to cover up for the City and Mayor.
We can do better. We must if Cornwall is to ever move forward.
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