Cornwall Ontario – There are rules for In Camera meetings for a reason. Past councils of Cornwall, including many current members have been sanctioned for violating them in the past.
Now apparently they simply are trying to rewrite their rule book putting all the pressure on Clerk Manon Levesque which sadly will only lead to a dark and disturbing place.
It’s not that there’s an issue with Madame Clerk. On the contrary. The problem is we have an utter hypocrite for a mayor in Leslie O’Shaugnessy who ran on the backs of Whistleblower Diane Shay and others and then essentially abandoned her and the issue once he got elected. That’s some dark sauce. This weak and impotent man clearly has the backbone and integrity of a lesser mortal.
Right now in closed meetings under the new rules, which might not pass a legal test, it’s up to Manon to say yes or no if Council wants to add to the in camera agenda instead of simply waiting for the next session. That’s not good government. In fact it’s weak government if councilors have their heads up their posteriors to the point that they can’t bring their important issues to the table ahead of time. That’s changing the rules to make up for their failings.
It also has the potential to hide information from the public that they normally would have access too as apathetic as many in the public are, and this is a time in our city’s history where we need things out of the shadows as taxes explode and our waterfront development is at stake.
If Madame Clerk ruled against some of these petty thin skinned ignorant politicians, some of whom clearly have ties to other entities, like David Murphy, Elaine Macdonald, Bernadette Clement, Andre Rivette, Claude McIntosh, and others her very job can be on the line.
Again, this is mostly the same council that dumped a perfectly good HR manager in Robert Menagh without cause and at nearly $500K in expense to hire someone alleged to have a personal relationship with CAO Maureen Adams and only see labour unrest, unchecked rises in Emergency service costs, and having to add a Labour Negotiator to the payroll. It also literally spent millions muzzling at least three whistleblowers and attacking this newspaper that exposed much of what occurred.
These folks really shouldn’t be rewriting the playbook at City Hall. And certainly not in this manner.
While Manon Levesque might have final say in a meeting, council and Maureen Adams might have final say over her career and it’d be an interesting legal question whether what happens during an in camera meeting could be used as evidence and testimony if ever a court case arose and if those present could even testify?
This latest farce, in they dying moments of an utter disaster of a term of council, needs to be reversed. Especially in the current labour climate at City Hall. We’ve lost enough good people at the hands of corruption and petty idiocy.
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