CORNWALL Ontario – In an ironic and um….conflicted twist, Cornwall Ontario Solicitor David Sherriff Scott of the firm Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) has requested a new judge for the first appearance of the Conflict of Interest Application against Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, & councilors Elaine MacDonald, and Carilyne Hebert because of a conflict of the judge scheduled to be available on the July 10th court date.
That judge is on the same Steering Committee as the three elected officials.
Mr. Sheriff Scott is refusing to state whom he is working for. IE is the City of Cornwall paying the legal fees for the Mayor and Councilors or are they paying their own freight? Mayor O’Shaughnessy has been quoted as saying that he had a first legal opinion, was going for a second, and that he’d having a press conference that I would not be able to attend. The City has not responded to a request to confirm if it’s paying the legal bill.
That conference never has taken place. The mayor also said he’d also be paying his own legal bills, but could he use the city’s own law firm without them being in conflict?
The letter from Mr. Sherriff Scott also slurs the largest newspaper in Cornwall by terming us a website/blog. I get an uneducated person like our former mayor using that term, but an esteemed lawyer of the stature of Mr. Sherriff Scott? Is he talking smack? With over 20,000 Cornwallites alone reading CFN monthly and the city previously using our services is there any real doubt that CFN is an online newspaper of which there are thousands in the world?
He also complained in his letter that he wanted to speed up a hearing because CFN had been printing stories about the case. The Standard Freeholder has also covered that the application was served. Only the Seaway News (TC MEDIA) can answer why for some odd reason they have not covered the case as of yet? Usually a mayor and two councilors being served a Conflict of Interest application is front page news.
The application stems from the Mayor and councilors not recusing themselves over the second round of funding for the Benson
vanity project University/ School of Flight Excellence. Not only did the three elected officials participate and agree to give the project they sit on public cash, but Mayor O’Shaugnessy in particular talked Councilor Hebert into reversing her decision to recuse herself as she initially announced at the meeting.
The incident was in open council.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Should the City be paying the Mayor & Councilors legal fees? You can post your comments below.