What Cornwall Ontario Municipal Election Candidates Will Have to Stand For to Earn a CFN Endorsement in 2014 by Jamie Gilcig

What Cornwall Ontario Municipal Election Candidates Will Have to Stand For to Earn a CFN Endorsement in 2014 by Jamie Gilcig

jg2CFN – I get asked a lot if I will be running in the next municipal election here in Cornwall Ontario.    I have written that if somehow mayor Kilger survives politically and decides to run again I’d run against him as mayor, but not many think that the mayor will finish his term.   His cabal will support him as long as the city has some money left in its treasury to hire lawyers to do his bidding, but like OJ Simpson the court of Public Opinion has convicted him ages ago.

Last election I did consider running for council; but a little birdie warned me off.  They tweeted that the election wouldn’t be clean and it certainly looked like they may have been correct.

The rest is history; ugly, corrupt history; that has cost the city of Cornwall millions in scandalous wastes of taxpayer money while accomplishing little more than some back door condo development.

Cornwall needs a clean up; but it will take more than one or even a handful of people to change.

So I decided to issue my platform of issues that would be critical to get an endorsement from CFN for any political candidate in Cornwall in 2014.

The 1% Solution.

For any candidate to gain my support they’d need to guarantee that taxes would be chopped by 1% in each of the next four years without cutting services.

I know.  Easier said than done; but you have to remember that the near 3% raises in taxes the last few years have been over voodoo magic kind of expenses; mostly legal and not traditional services.     A strong mayor and council would lean on each department asking them to find savings that would contribute to hitting the target.

Frankly if those targets could not be met then anyone on council should resign unless they campaigned to raise taxes and good luck on that one.

A New Conflict of Interest Policy

bobfitzydeniseOne of the best ways to find some tax savings is to eliminate the gross conflict of interest abuses that hold Cornwall down.  There are many benefits besides pecuniary and optics count too.   If you’re the President of the Labour Board locally then you sure as heck should not be privy to any city positions when it comes to labour and labour negotiations.   Heart of the City is a wonderful concept; but to have a paid staffer on council making budget decisions?

The Mayor and a councilor on a committee asking the city for money participating and voting on that decision?

Having staff not only have their own businesses in the lines of work that they perform in, but also win city tenders and contracts?   A city job isn’t too shabby.  I’m all for local biz; but should you be having your cake and eating it too.

Fitzy feb 2012A New Whistleblowing Policy

After the Hickley and Shay cases it’s evident that Cornwall doesn’t really have a Whistleblowing policy; at least not an effective one.

Maybe something like what they’re doing in Sacramento California LINK  ?

The Whistleblower Hotline launched a little more than a year ago, although promotion of the toll free number and web report form (that is now being managed by a third party which can guarantee anonymity) only began recently.

“It has been a very good benefit of providing the hotline in this manner. People are more comfortable coming forward if they do not have to reveal their identity,” said Oseguera.

To date, there have been more than 100 calls. The auditor reports the findings in a report, every six months.

“We’ve been able to conduct several investigations, a few of which, we’ve been able to substantiate and I think by informing the employees and the citizens of Sacramento of this new service, we’re able to provide a very useful deterrent to employees committing acts that are inappropriate, knowing that someone can anonymously report that inappropriate activity through the hotline.”

Bob "Vienna Sausage" Peters

In 2012, the city was rocked by scandal. Headlines on newspapers and on local TV newscast read, “Credit card corruption by city staffers.”

Change council to the Ward System

Frankly 10 councilors appointed to committees as cookies by the mayor has not cut it.   Councilors or Aldermen(women) need to represent their voters 365 days per year.   Decisions on where to put facilities and support areas would be very different if this were the case as well as allotment of resources.    Cornwall needs this.

A Recall Device

Many governments have recall language.    IE if X percentage of the population or council demands it an individual councilor or the Mayor could get the chop.   There has to be ways of keeping elected officials truly accountable without spending millions in litigation.

Bob n Fitzy May 14 2012An Investigation into Fitzy/Kilger Gate

The taxpayers need a true accounting of this mess.  They need to know who was responsible and who should lose their jobs and/or have city lawyers go after to try and recover tax dollars spent in the continued cover ups.   We need to send a clear message that the City of Cornwall will not stand for abuse of tax dollars or elected office and that there are actual penalties; not only to punish those guilty of it, but  to deter others who might do the same.

Better Public Transportation

Fitzy/Kilgergate alone could have floated my concept of a pilot project to have free public transportation which I feel would be a social and economic development shot in the arm and something that would benefit the entire community.

An Intercity Transportation Task Force

For Cornwall to grow we need much better public transportation.  We need a focus to make sure that Cornwall is easy to visit and commute to; especially to and from the City of Ottawa.   We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and allow our services to slowly crumble.

Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The city needs to be more proactive; as our neighbors in Brockville have been in revitalizing their downtown core.   Cornwall will never be a destination until we have a downtown and waterfront strip of attractions.   While that’s easier said than done every journey, short or long, easy or difficult, always starts with a first step.

Transparency & Accountability

Council meetings should have a portion of time allotted that the public can ask a question.   The public should also be able to bring policy issues to council in an easier manner.   Situations like Beavergate should never occur again.  The future mayor and council have to understand that they are elected to serve; not to dictate.   I also would like to see more questions asked of the public via ballot.

Branding and Promotion

Our Economic Development needs a total revamping.   We need more than a swirl.

Cornwall Logo

We need to find our soul and revamp our brand.  We need the City of Cornwall to stand for positive things and not be connatated negatively and that starts at home.   We need our own residents feeling better about Cornwall and the only way that can change is by doing more for our city residents.

That could include annexing the Lift Off organization and no longer having the term “Volunteer Board” be an excuse for failure and exclusivity.  No more Rick Shaver’s drunk in the VIP tent complaining about the Welfare Bums sitting in the chairs outside of the fence.

We need to take the fences down.  Ribfest showed not so much a love for sugar sauce slathered pork; but for everyone to be able to have a good time whether they drive gas guzzling Envoy’s or have to walk.   Cornwall needs to be more Democratic if we’re going to all pull together and if we can do that then we can build a city we all can benefit and be proud of.

This is just a brief list of subjects.    This is what I’m looking for from Candidates seeking election endorsements and who will get to use our new Endorsement logo in the upcoming election.

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25 Responses to "What Cornwall Ontario Municipal Election Candidates Will Have to Stand For to Earn a CFN Endorsement in 2014 by Jamie Gilcig"

  1. Gary W. Samler   August 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    As a former candidate, endorsed by CFN in the 2010 Ontario Municipal Election, I am so glad to be the first here to announce to all that I fully intend to run again for council in the 2014 October election in 446 days or roughly 64 weeks (but who’s counting). I have recently been thinking about my stategy for this campaign run and I soon will be posting here my concerns, thoughts and comments on this story.

  2. Gary W. Samler   August 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    strategy- sorry this page does not have spell check.

  3. Halibut   August 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Great start to a stellar campaign

  4. jules   August 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    The town of Cornwall sure does need a complete overhaul and Jamie the ward system should be restored and make them all accountable.

    There are times that I think that you would make a good councellor and even a good mayor. Maybe go for councellor to see how it is. So much infighting and back stabbing – I sure wouldn’t want it at all. I cannot deal with children fighting like the way some do. A lot of people are there not for the good of the community but for their own pocket.

  5. Highlander   August 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    You have my vote Jamie ,I am all for cleaning up this mess we call Cornwall.

    Good platforms -hey that beachfront still a good idea !

    Perhaps I can work as a consultant on your team ..LOL,
    As you know I am very diplomatic in my postings on here !

    So what do you say ?…..lol.lol

  6. admin   August 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Highlander I really hope that we can find 10 better candidates to support than myself 🙂

  7. Cory Cameron   August 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Jamie, you wrote:

    “Highlander I really hope that we can find 10 better candidates to support than myself”

    This is the exact attitude of a true leader though Jamie! One of humble, honest intentions.

    The leaders who sincerely think that there are others that would do a better job than themself usually maintain their integrity.

    I hope this posting is not viewed as a pressure for you to run, Jamie.

  8. justme   August 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    don’t run, we need you to write

  9. admin   August 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    justme we need 10 good people. Not 10 Alyssa Blais’s and Vanessa Regnier’s. We need them to step up soon and get ready for a wild election ride. We need ten good people to finally change Cornwall Ontario into that something special it should be.

  10. Gary W. Samler   August 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I know the election is a long time away but since Jamie asked for comment in this article I have added my views.
    1. I fully intend to run again for a seat at Council in the next election.
    2. I agree with admin that the last election was dirty. Probably the reason for “WE DID IT” by the city clerk.
    3. As I consistantly said last time Cornwall needs change and needs to be cleaned up.I told you so but the 40% who did vote did not listen.
    4. i disagree with Admin on the 1% solution. Last time I suggested no tax increase in the first year and I was assassinated by the
    voters for my comment. Taxes when used for services and spent wisely are no real big deal to the taxpayers but this mayor and
    council have wasted our tax dollars foolishly on corrupt deals, golden handshakes, buyouts and for paying off high priced lawyers.( Not
    to forget new chairs, toys and furniture for council chambers).
    5. My conflict of interest policy- Kick out the clique both at city hall and in the community.
    6. My whistleblower policy- Same as Jamies I fully supported Diane Shay and Rob Hickley for their courage to do the right thing
    I feel the city needs to applaud their bravery and support these victims rather than let the criminals hide behind big lawyers in
    litigation trying to cover up and hide their mistakes on public dime.
    7. Intercity transit task force. Agree with admin and is needed hoping not already too late. We cannot wait for Cornwall to get
    sucked into and washed away by the St. Lawrence River because some politician from another city wants to see this city die and
    does not recognize this truck stop south of the 401.
    8. Downtown Revitalization Program. This city can never be proactive by keeping in this bunch of clueless has beens who keep their
    heads hidden up Bare Ass Bobs Butt awaiting the words of wisdom according to BOB. Seven years and these assclowns still have
    no clue what to do and have done nothing so far but waste our tax money.
    9. Transparency and Accountability. I fully agree with Admin on this issue and i know it is not too late for change that is needed here
    so much.
    10. Branding- It has not been a swirl but a swizzle stick stirring the crap somewhere downtown in the Boy’s Club Bar. So Sad!!! I think
    Stinktown was a better rap than the one these people have left us with being a crooked town under a dirty bridge.
    11. Change to a ward system ; In the past election I admitted to being against a ward system over a smaller progressive council feeling
    that the voter would have better representation from a larger council over a one ward alderman/ alderwoman. Now, after seeing the
    damage done by this Mayor and Council I may be open into looking at something better than what we have presently.
    12. Recall Device- Fully agree.No more holier than thou cretins running around protected by their friends and Mayor.Accountability again
    13. Investigation into Fitzy/ Kilgergate YES! YES! YES! YES! The city needs to know the real truth of what went on and if found GUILTY be
    held accountable.If wrongdoing is proven than the criminals and their friends and supporters should be held accountable.
    14. Public Transportation/ Buses. I really like and am proud of our city bus system and support our city drivers. It needs work but is repairable.
    If Kilger had a son working in the transit system we would probably have Sunday Service and a return to nightly Riverdale or extension into
    the rural areas and I know that the drivers would be getting more than a 1% payraise while certain other city departments with a Kilger child
    go into arbitration and get ridiculous pay hikes each time.
    15. I fully support Winterfest, Ribfest and any other FREE event fest that brings our community together unlike the shameful local disaster I
    choose to call for what it really is a Rip-off fest.
    So far. I have shared some of my views before running for council next year. One issue that I would also like to add is to stop all the Bullying
    going on everywhere in this city. We are no longer children here but so many still have the schoolyard Bully mentality hurting persons with
    different views than theirs and then like hypocrates put on and endorse pink shirt day.It has to stop.
    I know that very many in town will be upset by my views here and will go all out to silence me but in a democratic world which can include
    Cornwall I feel that love me or hate me everyone has the freedom to vote whomever they want on election day. I ran a very good campaign
    last time as an unknown newcomer and besides the final result it was still a rewarding experience for me.
    I challenge any and all candidates who want to run for Mayor or Council next year and any returning candidates to also join me to answer
    Jamies pre-election candidate endorsement page.
    I will not be sharing all my campaign secrets now to the masses this early before the election is even called next year but I do feel that the
    next Mayor and Council have to believe in respecting democracy, the environment, human rights and find an alternative to the present
    partisan agenda.They will have to committ to community development, higher education, social justice, equality and the abandonment of
    our youth. I am asking Cornwall to get it right this time and vote for change and to kick out all our current Council and Mayor. Before closing
    I also would like to share that for anyone who voted in this crew last election that they should be so embarrassed now and hang their heads in
    shame for their misdeed. I would be interested if anyone knows of any way for our youth and poorer population to get past their apathy and get
    them back out to the polls to vote for the candidates of their choice. I am so looking forward to another interesting election campaign in 2014.
    See you all on the campaign trail. Sincerely, Gary W. Samler.

  11. gimme-a-break   August 8, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    @Gary….How do you expect to achieve all these things and still maintain a 1% decrease in taxes? Also, telling the majority of voters that they should be embarrassed and hang their heads in shame for voting in current council is maybe not such a good idea. You catch more bees with honey.

  12. Gary W. Samler   August 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    to Gimme a Break I never said I could decrease taxes by 1% each year in fact I disagreed with Jamie in this issue. Also, I said the 40% who voted in Kilger and Co. last time (the clique) should hang their heads in shame. How can they be happy with the mess this crew left us with. The truth should wake them up to get it right this time.Majority of voters, the other 60% have lots of time to see the shape of our city thanks to 7 years of incompetence of Bobby and the boys and 2 girls and vote for real progressive change to rebuild this city. Still lots of time left for me to get into campaign mode.

  13. Bill   August 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Gary, kudos to you for laying out your platform on a public forum. Unfortunately after reading it you will not be getting my vote in the next election. Here are some points/questions on your platform to give you an idea why. Please take it as constructive criticism to improve your platform over the next 64 weeks.

    1. “I fully intend to run again for a seat at Council in the next election.”
    ———
    Good for you, the more candidates the better the choice.

    2. “I agree with admin that the last election was dirty. Probably the reason for “WE DID IT” by the city clerk.”
    ———
    This is an incredibly strong statement. Do you have any substance to such a statement? If so, please share it. If not why should I believe you when you say you want to hold taxes.

    3. “As I consistantly said last time Cornwall needs change and needs to be cleaned up.I told you so but the 40% who did vote did not listen.”
    ———
    The results of the election spoke volumes on what the voters wanted. Are you sure they were not listening?

    4. “i disagree with Admin on the 1% solution. Last time I suggested no tax increase in the first year and I was assassinated by the
    voters for my comment. Taxes when used for services and spent wisely are no real big deal to the taxpayers but this mayor and
    council have wasted our tax dollars foolishly on corrupt deals, golden handshakes, buyouts and for paying off high priced lawyers.( Not to forget new chairs, toys and furniture for council chambers).”
    ———
    As a voter, I just chuckle when a candidate says they will keep taxes at a certain level. You have no idea what you can or cannot do until the facts and figures are presented to you. This changes year after year. I would have much more respect if you said that your goal is to reduce waste and keep taxes at minimum levels to provide the great services we all receive.

    5. “My conflict of interest policy- Kick out the clique both at city hall and in the community.”
    ———
    Question. Who is the clique? I read it here all the time and I am tired of trying to guess all of these people. Please for once will someone spell out all the names so I know who to ‘hate’.

    Question 2. How would you remove a clique in the community? Are you going to create a by-law making it illegal for someone to live in Cornwall?

    6. “My whistleblower policy- Same as Jamies I fully supported Diane Shay and Rob Hickley for their courage to do the right thing
    I feel the city needs to applaud their bravery and support these victims rather than let the criminals hide behind big lawyers in
    litigation trying to cover up and hide their mistakes on public dime.”
    ———
    No issues here with creating a policy. Although I am for the city/city departments having the ability to refute claims when it is prudent to do so. I would be in favour of a policy that the city pays all legal fees to a whistle-blower when they win judgement against the city.

    7. “Intercity transit task force. Agree with admin and is needed hoping not already too late. We cannot wait for Cornwall to get
    sucked into and washed away by the St. Lawrence River because some politician from another city wants to see this city die and
    does not recognize this truck stop south of the 401.”
    ———
    No issue here other than your comments do not make you a great representative for Cornwall.

    8. “Downtown Revitalization Program. This city can never be proactive by keeping in this bunch of clueless has beens who keep their heads hidden up Bare Ass Bobs Butt awaiting the words of wisdom according to BOB. Seven years and these assclowns still have no clue what to do and have done nothing so far but waste our tax money.”
    ———
    Again your comments do not make you a great representative for Cornwall.

    9. “Transparency and Accountability. I fully agree with Admin on this issue and i know it is not too late for change that is needed here so much.”
    ———
    No issue.

    10. “Branding- It has not been a swirl but a swizzle stick stirring the crap somewhere downtown in the Boy’s Club Bar. So Sad!!! I think
    Stinktown was a better rap than the one these people have left us with being a crooked town under a dirty bridge.”
    ———
    See above representation comments. If you are willing to put comments like this in print what kind of image will you portray if you are elected.

    11. “Change to a ward system ; In the past election I admitted to being against a ward system over a smaller progressive council feeling that the voter would have better representation from a larger council over a one ward alderman/ alderwoman. Now, after seeing the damage done by this Mayor and Council I may be open into looking at something better than what we have presently.”
    ———
    Whatever. I don’t really see going to a ward system as the holy grail to fix all that is wrong in politics.

    12. “Recall Device- Fully agree.No more holier than thou cretins running around protected by their friends and ayor.Accountability again.”
    ———
    I don’t agree. If the pay for council or mayor was higher then maybe but there would be even less incentive to run in the next election. People vote them in they live with it until the next election. I think the true reason you don’t get bright young talent is the pay really is not worth the headache.

    13. “Investigation into Fitzy/ Kilgergate YES! YES! YES! YES! The city needs to know the real truth of what went on and if found GUILTY be held accountable.If wrongdoing is proven than the criminals and their friends and supporters should be held accountable.”
    ———
    The investigation is currently in front of the courts with one of the whistleblower cases. Why waste more funds. Get over it.

    14. “Public Transportation/ Buses. I really like and am proud of our city bus system and support our city drivers. It needs work but is repairable. If Kilger had a son working in the transit system we would probably have Sunday Service and a return to nightly Riverdale or extension into the rural areas and I know that the drivers would be getting more than a 1% payraise while certain other city departments with a Kilger child go into arbitration and get ridiculous pay hikes each time.”
    ———
    Great that you like the bus system. You should have left your point at that. Why attack Kilger and his son for the union getting a 1% pay raise. That was the negotiated settlement for their union. The firefighters got their negotiated settlement. This is life with unions, if you want to be on council get used to it.

    15. “I fully support Winterfest, Ribfest and any other FREE event fest that brings our community together unlike the shameful local disaster I choose to call for what it really is a Rip-off fest.”
    ———
    This point is sad. You will support events you seem to like and not others? Or is this a total slam against Lift-Off only since Jamie has an issue with them. What is your issue? Why Rip-off. I have never been but understand the hate towards the festival. I understand Jamie’s hate but not others.

    “So far. I have shared some of my views before running for council next year. One issue that I would also like to add is to stop all the Bullying going on everywhere in this city. We are no longer children here but so many still have the schoolyard Bully mentality hurting persons with different views than theirs and then like hypocrates put on and endorse pink shirt day.It has to stop.”
    ———
    By calling people names etc. in your platform it kind of sounds like you are the one doing the bullying…

  14. stellabystarlight   August 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I would never vote for someone who has nothing good to say about anything or anyone. There is enough negativity in this city without electing someone who is negative.

    I would never vote for someone who likes mud slinging nor someone who runs a campaign on personal attacks or putdowns.

    I would vote for someone with maturity, integrity, focus intelligence and professionalism who doesn’t have his own personal agenda.

    Word of mouth just don’t cut it……

  15. jules   August 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Mr. Samler you and Jamie would have 100% my vote if I were living in Cornwall. I sure do agree with your transportation ideas and even to go outside of Cornwall like Long Sault, Ingleside and Morrisburg. Sundays as well.

    People need to change and that is the whole truth and I have said that so many times. Forget that dirty, lowlife clique and pick Cornwall up by the bootstraps and you can all do that and I know that everyone can if they truly believe in their town. This clown as a mayor and his clique is what destroyed Cornwall. I can swear to all of you that is what happened. Cornwall was never as bad as what you see it now and we had some dillies as those of us can remember but never as bad as this at all.

    Gerry Samson got a scolding from Bare Ass about some people who were seniors on fixed incomes couldn’t support the high rents and taxes coming from some apartments. I can relate to that but my building in in a market rental that I can’t do anything about – very costly and can be a lot worse and that is why I won’t budge as well as having a good landlord and an excellent superintendants.

  16. Gary W. Samler   August 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    For Bill Aug 8 and to all voters of Cornwall, in a previous post here that I made I stated that I have only recently started thinking about a strategy for running my next campaign going for a seat at city council. Mr. Gilcig has asked from candidates in this forum issues that he feels are important enough to decide who to endorse by CFN in next year’s municipal election. So far, I am the first and only candidate to respond. My post above I have expressed a few of my personal opinions to respond here to issues he raised. This opinion is in No Way my campaign platform that I intend to run on. I intend to release my real platform sometime early next year shortly after the election has officially been called. (E-day is October 27th 2014 443 days away) Being new to politics at this level I will be open to any and all criticism whether it is good or bad and welcome criticism to help me win and grow through this campaign run. My hope is for all voters to get to know the real me and my values before saying that you won’t vote for me for comments I make on an open online media forum before the election is even called. To respond to your comments above
    1. Thank you.
    2. Substance for my statement- This opinion is mine only as no proof. The returning officer should not be a paid employee of one of the candidates. Looking back at public opinion from the campaign I felt the numbers in my opinion did not truly show the real voice of the voters only the 40% that do not suffer from apathy. Less polling stations in the east side and only Bobs scrutinizers where allowed to do their job on e-day. Fishy maybe. This is in no way sour grapes for me because I lost as now I am so happy that I am in no way part of the city hall menagerie and mess we have now.
    2b) Basis for this comment. My opinion again. Our taxes are decided by Finance, Budget Committee, Council and not just one person.
    3. Only 40% of the voters here came out on E-day. This is hardly enough to make a real statement on what the voters really wanted. Those that did vote did not want change by the outcome.
    4. I agree with this. I can make it my goal to reduce waste and keep taxes at minimum levels to provide the great services we all receive. Thank you, Bill Can I use this in my platform?
    5. Quest.1 who is the Clique? I would be foolish and it would be senseless for me to start naming people here. I will say that some are the old band of brothers who think that they own the Mayor and administration and have done everything to stop progress, growth and promise for this great city. They do go around bullying people with different views from theirs and see that their agenda is the only one available to the people. They also see that only handpicked butt kissers and people with same values as theirs get to sit on committees and working groups.
    Quest.2 I do not want to get rid of the clique just their primitive and prehistoric values. I feel with their experience that they could still be of value here recognizing that if they cannot see the need for change here that they step aside to give others a chance to build, grow this city and move forward, something that has not been done for many years. A bi-law to keep out people out of Cornwall? How about child diddlers, perverts, stalkers, serial rapists and murderers? Let’s keep them out.
    6. I agree with your comment here but I hate to see good people, trying to do the right thing, get shafted by the same one’s trying so hard to cover up all their wrongs as in these cases.
    7. Your opinion only and accepted but how can you say that I’m not a good representative for Cornwall when you don’t even know me? So far, I have not been given a chance yet. I strongly feel that I have what it takes to be a good councilor.
    8. Never in all my life have I ever been a butt kisser and I don’t ever intend to become one. I am not afraid to stand up to bullies and make a stand for values and principles that I believe in and I feel is right.
    9. Agreed.
    10. I have strong religious values and was raised to live by the golden rule in a large military family. I can be a professional at times and a good boy when deemed appropriate. I will not lie down to see others stepped on. In the past I have had the honor to work with royalty, governor generals, former secretaries of state, ministers, generals, mayors and many other VIP dignitaries. I have no problem with procedures. I do get upset when the chosen elite choose to cover up the misdeeds being done by a few at city hall rather than expose any scandals. I do not like liars and as a plain citizen with no affiliation to our current mayor and council all I can do is let the voters decide what they want for the cities future.
    11. Not in favor of ward system either. I feel that it would not benefit Cornwall.
    12. In anyone goes into this to get rich or famous they will be in for a big surprise. I do not think adding money will fix the problem either but will entice more corrupt people. Being a people person always giving to my community and country all my life I want to help to clean up the wrong here left by those here with no vision and doing nothing. Money has never been the factor ruling my life. I prefer people over possessions. (A poor man will tell you how’s your day going and how he feels but a rich man will only tell you what he has and what He has done.) I prefer to hang with the poor people.
    13. Get over it or let them get away with it. Which one?
    14. I am standing up for our drivers as I feel that they deserve better. I do have strong support for unions.
    15. Why I support free community events for everyone over events that overcharge. There is a lot of poverty in this city and not everyone can afford Rip-off fest. As the signature summer event promoting our city I feel we need to see more than balloons and bands better than overpriced has- been from the 70’s that it should be more family friendly. The loss in attendance proves to me that there is a problem somewhere. Enough on this.
    16. Name calling as I have been doing above although not right is my way to get back at the Bullies that have been tormenting the good people in this city just to get their way. I have been bullied all of my life by bigger and better bullies and take offense when I see others getting away with it. I now stand up to them to fight back and work for the eradication of BULLYING everywhere.
    17. This also is my opinion and not my platform.

  17. Gary W. Samler   August 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    for jules I too support and agree with Councillor Samson on this isssue and was surprised to see BA Bob shoot him down in the manner that he did. No respect for Gerry, our seniors or the citizens of Cornwall. Shame.

  18. Gary W. Samler   August 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    for stella I am not a negative person, in fact I am very positive. The issue that I bring forward to the voters in how Cornwall has been savagely put through the wringers due to the wasteful spending and coverups from this regime is my only negative. People need to open up their eyes now, long before the next election to see for themselves what has been going on at city hall.I feel that the people here need to get more involved in what is going on and work in a positive way to move this city forward. The city has seen enough negative these past 7 years.

  19. stellabystarlight   August 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I would vote for someone with maturity, integrity, focus intelligence and professionalism who doesn’t have his own personal agenda.

    Just had to say it again………

  20. jules   August 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Mr. Samler I was kind of shocked that this happened to Gerry Samson trying to stick up for the little people. Bare Ass is only for the very rich which is his clique “elites” and nobody else.

  21. stellabystarlight   August 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Gary wrote: People need to open up their eyes now, long before the next election to see for themselves what has been going on at city hall.

    Don’t underestimate the people, they know what has been going on at city hall.

    Rehashing over and over and over again about city hall won’t help you gain support…….just my opinion.

  22. Gary W. Samler   August 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Stella What is going on at city hall is terrible for everyone here. I want to fix it but I cannot do it alone. The more I cry to people that it needs fixing maybe one day the people will stand up and work together to fix the problem. At least I can see the problem and am willing and able to do something about it despite the flack that I will probably receive from some for trying.

  23. Gary W. Samler   August 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Stella you can keep saying that statement all you want and you probably won’t vote for me anyway so I am moving on for someone who will or might vote for me. Sorry but come see me during the campaign run next year. Maturity I have lots of,integrity is one thing I have lots of focus is something am doing in trying to gain support and a seat at council despite the odds and professionalism is something I pride myself in daily Sometimes you just soar with turkeys and know you are so much better and to add my only personal agenda is to rid this town of the problem and move on and move this city forward. I see nothing wrong with that. My grandchildren deserve a better place to grow up in other than the one those at city hall have in store for all of us. I do love Cornwall and will fight to better it. What are you doing?

  24. Diddilysquat   August 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Yet to decide….

    So Gary, first, glad you put your cards on the table. I hope you are carrying a few A’s in the hole.

    A few question’s:

    What would you do if Mayor Kilgour made a miraculous recovery, had a few A’s of his own for the final rally and actually won back his seat?

    What would you do if you were only 1 of 1 or 2 only NEW councillors voted in and you had the lowest vote count, say the 10th winner?

  25. Gary W. Samler   August 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    To Didlysquat: No, I do not have all the answers yet to clean up all the mess left by this current Mayor and council. What I do have is the will and a positive attitude towards working with other progressive members of council to find the solution. I am willing to hear any positive suggestions from the voters to get this city moving forward. To answer your questions
    First, I would learn to correctly spell the name of our mayor. It may not seem that I like our mayor Bob Kilger but in fact I really do like the man and have a great respect for all his accomplishments. What I do not like is what he and council have allowed to happen to our city with wasteful spending and I want to see changes made now. Bob Kilger is a very smart man and a good leader and although we have a huge disagreement here I know that we both could work together to move this city forward.
    For me to win a seat here I will first have to let all the voters know that any change for me is a positive step forward and is not a bad choice and that my willingness to take on this great challenge to move this city forward is enough for the voters to give me a seat at city council. I would be much honored to represent this city whether I were to come in tenth, sixth, or third. This election will be a huge challenge for me and change is something I truly believe in so I hope that the voters see my way to vote for me in October 2014.

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