Cornwall Ontario – Monday was a rainy drizzly day in Cornwall. Apparently our mayor, not big on original thought or ideas of his own, tried to team up with another sizzling mind in MP Guy Lauzon to have a partisan party in Lamoureux Parc at taxpayer expense.
Did you know about it? I didn’t. Which is odd because whether our MP or Mayor like it or not this newspaper has the largest audience in Cornwall. We didn’t get an invite or press release.
And then some complain that we don’t cover certain events?
Then again there is much partisan dramz about our Canada Day event. Only in a city like Cornwall do we let a politician hijack Canada Day.
Furthermore our MP, Guy Lauzon, refuses to divulge the finances for the event which is run through his riding office. He hits up local businesses and politicians for sponsorship yet refuses to disclose the books. Shades of Lift Off and we all know how that ended.
This Newspaper can confirm that via former councilor Glen Grant every member on Council was asked to kick in $500 cash from their expense accounts for the July 1st event that Lauzon runs. Apparently the cash was on its way until CFN initiated an investigation and was not sent out as scheduled. That is in addition to the approximately $15K that the city kicks in of in kind services.
Are we getting value for our taxes? If you’re not on the MP’s list you’re not, as apparently this writer isn’t, but why penalize the public? Isn’t that crazy?
Canada Day should be about bringing Canadians together of all walks of life. Not a partisan cash cow for
Dave Runions friends and hanger ons of the MP.
While there’s nothing wrong with the MP running an event through his office budget, the numbers should be fully disclosed and available to the public. They should be audited as well. Mr. Lauzon’s Chief of Staff has refused to do so citing that committee meetings are in camera so they don’t have to. Adrien Bugelli then tries to distance the MP’s office from the event, but why is his COS giving out that type of answer if the MP’s office isn’t running the show?
Now that’s a total load, especially since said committee isn’t a legal entity, but simply an extension of Lauzon’s office.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Should our MP be running a partisan and apparently private event via tax dollars of Federal and Municipal nature? Is there not pressure on a local business to cough up cash when asked or risk the wrath of our local politicians?
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