CORNWALL Ontario – I was at Riverdale Terrace for the first time tonight. Stunning facility for those to retire to; but it was former St. Lawrence College Dean, failed Provincial Liberal nomination candidate, and Kilger campaign manager Pat Finucan that marred the evening.
It was stunning and shocking. Sadly it was no surprise. Mr. Finucan is usually the epitome of reserved intelligence. A true gentleman; but today his veneer fell as he actually laughed about my criminal charges and the fact that the Crown has refused to drop them in spite of a production order from Bell categorically proving that I didn’t make any calls as per the claims in the disclosure.
I was charged with making threatening phone calls, not just once, but a second time after being warned back in February of 2014. The times, dates, duration, and from which number were in the disclosure. I was put in a cell, charged, finger printed and smeared in the police blotter and then by multiple media outlets.
Why does this matter in relation to Mr. Finucan? Because besides being the Mayor’s campaign manager he is the chair of Cornwall’s police board of which Mayor Kilger also sits.
That also means that Mr. Finucan plays a key role in whether sitting Chief Dan Parkinson gets a new contract. Ditto for Deputy Chief Danny Aikman.
During a friendly chat I asked Mr. Finucan about what he thought about my charges not being dropped by the crown and he feigned a lack of knowledge about the entire incident which I found incredulous.
I asked Pat how he’d feel if he’d been locked up for the first time, fingerprinted etc. He actually laughed and thought it was funny.
I was stunned. I shared that having experienced this I didn’t really think that it was funny. He explained the role of the Police board to the amazement of myself and another council candidate in the conversation.
He then asked the candidate what they’d do about it if they were on council which was a boggling question as city councilors do not have the same impact on policing that Chairs of the Police Board do.
As someone that had lived on this planet for 49 years without ever being charged with any crime; never mind be booked, or politically smeared in the police blotter, it was a shocking experience and frankly a frightening one. Having to empty pockets, lean against a wall and be patted down, sit in a very odd plastic stoolish kind of chair….not to mention wondering about the ramifications including care of a very sick old dog.
I have sent an email to all of the MPP’s in this province which resulted in a letter sent to the Attorney General, Madeleine Meilleur by our MPP Jim McDonell.
One month later and that letter has not been answered.
We now are asking people to contact the Attorney General’s office in Toronto and to sign the petition below.
Telephone toll free: 1-800-518-7901
Telephone Toronto: 416-326-2220
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
(please note that due to cache signatures may take awhile to appear)
The AG has been contacted by a lot of people; but the crown is still refusing to drop my charges and investigate what exactly has occurred here in Cornwall. And until my charges are dropped or heard in court (which can take up to one year to occur) the bad guys can’t be held accountable.
I’m again appealing to our viewers to contact the AG and ask that her offices investigate this embarrassing travesty of justice of our Ontario Criminal and Legal system and investigate this and have my charges dropped immediately so the police can go after those that made false claims against myself.
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