Cornwall Ontario – Over 200 people crammed into Salon B of the Civic Complex in Cornwall Ontario. The crowd clearly and unanimously were against the tanks being constructed on our waterfront. Guy “I don’t know anything” Lauzon shuffled through papers and did the political speak. Minister Lisa Raitt was supposed to attend, but sent her aide instead. David Murphy was acting mayor and to his credit it was almost like watching Bob Kilger as he struck dignified non-answer after non-answer; and Chuck Charlebois who has given so much to the improvement of our waterfront.
Most of council was present. Missing besides the mayor interesting enough was councilor Denis Thibault.
For two days I’d been waiting for word from the Ministry of Transport and that word came, but only after 6 PM tonight which meant that it would not be published before or during this meeting.
The brief note, printed unedited below is stunningly shocking in that it counters the well rehearsed message coming out of City Hall; that the City was aware as of FEBRUARY 2013 and that plans were submitted in JUNE 2013.
IF some members of council were unaware as they claim then the Mayor and Councilors Grant and Thibault have some mighty big explaining to do. As matter of fact if some of council truly were unaware and have some back bone hopefully these fine gentlemen will be doing some explaining to the RCMP as surely these strange chain of events. Mayor Kilger in fact has not as of yet even suggested that the tank construction be stopped.
We will be reporting with our video coverage of tonight’s meeting Thursday, but I think Councilor Leslie O’Shaughnessy may have been onto something when he was quoted in our first story on this subject.
If what you are telling me is true,(Mayor Kilger knowing about the tanks in advance, and council as a whole not being aware) it would not surprise me at all. There are many occasions that I had during my year and a half on council where some knew more than others and the information was not shared.
As an example at one meeting on a committee that I was appointed to by council I was asked questions in regards to correspondence that had been received from the mayor and CAO. when I was asked the particulars in regards to that correspondence I knew nothing about it and had not been informed.
This happened on many other occasions on issues I cannot comment on at this time.
And here is the letter from Silvia Di Tiero of Transport Canada – unedited.
Below is the response from Transport Canada to your inquiry regarding the Public Port of Cornwall:
Transport Canada entered into a lease agreement with Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc.
The tenant provided detailed information regarding proposed activities for this commercial operation at this port facility to the City of Cornwall. Specifically, Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. advised Transport Canada that they first contacted the City of Cornwall in February 2013, and that, among other discussions with the City, Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. also provided details of the project plan to the City of Cornwall in June 2013.
The Public Port of Cornwall is a commercial port facility. Activity currently taking place at this facility is in line with typical commercial port operations.
A representative from the Office of the Minister of Transport is attending this evening’s public information session taking place in Cornwall.
Silvia Di Tiero
Transport Canada, Communications Advisor
What do you think dear viewers? Clearly construction must stop on Thursday December 12, by Noon. The people of our city have clearly spoken and there are some officials that have clearly been lying to the public and need to be held accountable.
For these tanks to be put into the heart of our waterfront with no environmental studies; no traffic studies, no public consultations; nor meeting any other criteria have totally got to be unacceptable in any Democratic State. Surely Mayor Kilger, Denis Thibault and Glen Grant should immediately resign for misleading the community and council as well as MP Lauzon if for any other reason not knowing anything about this for nearly a year in his own riding!
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