He just did an opinion piece about the election. After several “news” stories where he violates the principles of “traditional” journalism by mixing opinion into a news piece he decided to poop out his latest missive.
Of the 32 candidates for Mayor and Council (29 and 3) he mentions only 15 by name which for piece covering the variety of those running seems odd, especially as it has a poll on it. Typical under Mr. Lihou’s and Rick Shaver’s management the poll does not offer numbers, but only percentages for results.
Of the 20 other candidates I see six, maybe seven legitimate contenders amidst a field of others who haven’t paid their dues or lack the experience to be given such an influential job.
In no particular order candidates to watch in this election include Guy St-Jean, Justin Towndale, Todd Bennett, Alyssa Blais, Mark MacDonald and Claude McIntosh.
Now at the risk of daring to maybe point out some of the obvious several on that list have relationships with either Mr. Lihou or the Seaway News. I could point out the exact nature; but it’s so obvious that I don’t really have to.
For example my business partner Reg Coffey is running for council in South Stormont. You won’t see me writing an editorial about what a great guy Reg is; even though he is a great guy; because frankly I could never imagine insulting the intelligence of our viewers or the tawdriness of scribbling such nonsense.
Mr. McIntosh has been around Cornwall as a writer for over 40 years. His civic achievements are very minimal. For someone that has written as many opinion pieces as Claude has, the amount of change he’s been a part of has been….dismal. Mr. Lihou is correct though. Sadly many elections are popularity contests, especially when media refuse to do their true jobs as Mr. Lihou has by not reporting hard news and or soft selling it.
Towndale offers one of the younger perspectives of the councillors who have put their name forward. He’s also got some experience, after working as a staffer for political heavyweights at Queen’s Park. He has yet to make any public comments, outside of issuing some press material, so seeing him live will offer some insights.
Justin seems like a personable and intelligent young man who’s ventured away from Cornwall and accomplished a few things; but if Rick Shaver and his family weren’t card carrying of the same political party would he be getting a mention? If Mr. Towndale had picked Ms Wynne instead of Ms Pupatello in the leadership race for the Liberals; would he be in Cornwall now?
Perhaps though, the real reason Mr. Lihou has written such a meagre opus has simply been to be able to get another personal shot in at yours truly.
On the mayoral side it’s a two-horse race between incumbent Bob Kilger and former councillor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, the frontrunners. The early returns suggest Kilger is going to run on his record, while O’Shaughnessy promises a bombshell Friday night at his launch party.
Long shot Jamie Gilcig hasn’t got a prayer.
Congrats Todd, you finally figured out how to get that shot in without flunking stand j school rules.
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