Cornwall Ontario – It would be interesting to have a review done of Judge Rick Leroy’s transcripts for the Diane Shay case as well as the conflict of interest case brought against Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy and councilors Elaine Macdonald and Carilyne Hebert who sat on the board of a group asking council for cash for their vanity university project, that all three sat on the steering committee of, and refused to recuse themselves.
Cornwall has seen tax dollars spent en masse to defend hinky behavior against whistleblowers.
Ironically enough, our current mayor ran on a platform using the Shay case as pretty much the main cornerstone of his weak performance to unseat former Mayor Bob Kilger. O’Shaughnessy, surely deserving the Cornwall Hypocrite of the Century Award. in the video above clearly stated that Shay should not have to pay her legal bills and the truth should come out in court.
He has been all but silent since being elected mayor on the issue. Mayor O’Shaughnessy should be forced to listen to his own words in the video above because his words have turned out to be false and frankly despicable.
Ms Shay sent out the following to media this afternoon:
After identifying that the ongoing legal cost for the case to go to trial would be another $60,000.00 I made the difficult decision to file for a discontinuous. I simple could not afford to go any further. Immediately after that the City offered a settlement which I accepted.I now leave this issue in the hands of the court of public opinion.Take Care,Diane Shay
The city refused to pay for any of the whistleblowers that came forward’s legal bills, yet people like former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick were allowed to “retire” with golden parachutes, again on the tax payers dime.
While the out of town lawyers did their jobs, to which they are extremely well paid, the bottom line is the message that’s sent to all city workers as well as the outside world that has seen the coverage of the Whistle blowers, that Cornwall’s corruption is live and well, and that if you confront it, the powers at City Hall will use the tax payer to beat them down.
Not a single whistle blower has been proven to be false in their accusations. It’s been about legal hijinks and fiscal attrition.
All three whistle blowers are now either on disability or have been allowed to take early retirement.
Again, a dark stain on a community that already has a foul reputation.
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