Did Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger Cheat on His Campaign Expenses in 2010 Election?

bob kilger sept 8 2014CORNWALL Ontario – Did Bob Kilger get away with cheating on his campaign expenses in the last election?   We queried Ms Helen Finn, Clerk of the City of Cornwall, who is in charge of the election, after Gilles Latour of Latour Wealth Management was arrested for fraud.

Retired CAO  & Clerk Paul Fitzpatrick & Denise Labelle Gelinas with Mayor Kilger on Election night.
Retired CAO & Clerk Paul Fitzpatrick & Denise Labelle Gelinas with Mayor Kilger on Election night.

Mayor Kilger was quoted  after Mr. Latour’s arrest;

Gilles Latour is a long-time personal friend and my thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

Mr. Latour was a key member of Mayor Kilger’s last campaign.  When ads were purchased, Mr. Latour is alleged to have paid with his own cheque, and not from the campaign for amount over double that reported as his campaign donation.

Mr. Latour and Mayor Kilger did not respond to questions from CFN on the issue.   Mayor Kilger also did not respond about Economic Developer Bob Peters working on his election campaign from his offices for the city during work hours in the last election.

When asked about this Ms Finn sent in the response below.

But how would the public even know what was spent and what wasn’t; especially within that period of time?    And how would the average citizen know where to complain if they were inclined?

Surely such complaints should be timed from when discovered?



According to the Municipal Act, a complaint about finances would be forwarded to the Audit Compliance Committee.  However, the complaint must be made within 90 days of the event.  In this case, it has been several years. It is too late.

Helen Finn, LLB in Quebec,
City Clerk / Greffière
Clerk’s Department / Département du Greffe
The Corporation of the City of Cornwall
360, rue Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3P9
(613) 930-2787 ext 2537 Phone
(613) 932-8145 Fax


Compliance audit


81. (1) An elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate has contravened a provision of this Act relating to election campaign finances may apply for a compliance audit of the candidate’s election campaign finances. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (44).


(2) An application for a compliance audit shall be made to the clerk of the municipality or the secretary of the local board for which the candidate was nominated for office; and it shall be in writing and shall set out the reasons for the elector’s belief. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (44).


(3) The application must be made within 90 days after the latest of,

(a) the filing date under section 78;

(b) the candidate’s supplementary filing date, if any, under section 78;

(c) the filing date for the final financial statement under section 79.1; or

(d) the date on which the candidate’s extension, if any, under subsection 80 (4) expires. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (44).


  1. Can a request under the information act be possible in order to look at his books?

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    Exploring that Jason; but it’s time more people started asking questions and getting answers. There are 46,000 others in this city that should have concerns over issues like this and the Chem tanks process.


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  4. Audit, shmaudit, hand the information and any evidence over to the OPP (registered mail) for forwarding to the investigators that are probing Latour… and really, a little extra probing now may ease the pain of jail time.

  5. As the deadline has passed I guess we’ll never know what is what. Unless Leslie O’Shaughnessy drops some bombshells tonight at his meet and greet.

  6. What ever happened to the so called “BIG FLUSH”? It seems to appear that Mr. O’Shaughnessy did not have much to say last night according too The Seaway Spews.

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    TB Todd reported very lightly. We will be uploading video from the event.

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