CORNWALL ONTARIO – Elaine Macdonald should not be on Cornwall City Council. The President of the Labour Council has been in conflict on more than one occasion. She’s petty, ignorant at times, and corrupt. But like all people we all have our good and bad sides.
She championed a very very smart play at the council table that not only would be a good deed, but actually good PR for a city that is mired under one scandal and embarrassment after another; many of which she’s a part of.
Councilor Macdonald wanted the refugees or asylum seekers staying at NAV Can here in Cornwall to have free bus passes.
It is a no cost feel good action. When running for mayor I actually championed having a pilot project to have free public transportation as the revenues barely cover 30% of the operating costs for Cornwall Transit. The positives far outweigh the limited revenue collected, especially if you want less seniors who slow down or stop at green lights to drive less.
Sadly Andre Rivette proved again why he also should not be on any elected board,or his son Rodney for that matter who feels like politics is ready for another generation of bad governance.
Voting to support the motion were Councillors Elaine MacDonald, Mark MacDonald, Bernadette Clement and Elaine’s pet monkey, Carilyne Hebert.
The angry old & young conservatives were joined by Maurice Dupelle, and surprisingly by Justin Towndale who usually is all kumbaya for wishy washy feel good issues? Claude Macintosh was away; probably staring wistfully at old pics of Bob Kilger and Ed Lumley…
Cornwall really isn’t that minority friendly a place, but surely a little hospitality might have seen a few more young families stay in our city which might help with our epidemic of school closings in the region. With Montreal having such a large Haitian community for example, a few families might prefer being in Ontario while still being close to a large population from their homeland. Then again, they are fleeing their homeland.
Bottom line is a great PR opp was lost because of people who voted for people that shouldn’t be allowed to use cutlery nevermind run a city this size.
Luckily, as we face a 6% tax increase in an election year, there is a chance for the people of Cornwall to finally clean house and make some more than needed structural changes.
And frankly this vote didn’t really need to go to council. Elaine could simply have canvassed Len and Bob to work out a sponsorship deal of some sort.
Again, you get the leadership you deserve. And reading some of the comments on local social media referring to the refugees as “animals” (I kid you not) maybe they’re safer staying near NAV Can where the clique can entertain them with fairy tales and walks along the waterfront?
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