Is­land Cove mayor’s speech draws crit­i­cism

Lo­cal MHA writes town after ac­com­pa­ny­ing premier at se­nior’s ban­quet

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

A speech given at a re­cent se­nior’s din­ner has landed one Con­cep­tion Bay North mayor in some hot wa­ter.

When given the floor at the an­nual se­nior’s ban­quet on Nov. 29, Up­per Is­land Cove Mayor George Adams gave his usual state-of-the-town speech for 2014. In it he dis­cussed ev­ery­thing that is go­ing in the com­mu­nity of almost 1,600.

“It is some­thing I do ev­ery year at the se­nior’s ban­quet,” Adams re­cently told The Com­pass. “I up­date res­i­dents on what’s go­ing on in 2014.”

Hosted by the town’s Parks and Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion, some 250 peo­ple lis­tened as Adams touched on the divvy­ing up of cap­i­tal works fund­ing in 2014. In attendance were Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john and Premier Paul Davis.

In 2014, the town’s cap­i­tal works fund­ing was set at $45,000. After a meet­ing with then Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Steve Kent, that num­ber bal­looned to $135,000, which is an in­crease of $90,000.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with 2014, but I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how 2015 goes,” Adams told The Com­pass last week.

Ap­par­ently, the mayor’s speech did not sit well with ei­ther the premier or MHA. Davis and Lit­tle­john re­port­edly left the din­ner im­me­di­ately after they fin­ished speak­ing. Sub­se­quently, Lit­tle­john wrote a let­ter to the town about the mayor’s speech. The Com­pass has not ob­tained this let­ter.

Adams said “there was noth­ing per­sonal” about his ad­dress.

De­spite this, there were some in the com­mu­nity who felt the long­time mayor was out of line. Adams heard this and in re­sponse ad­dressed the sit­u­a­tion in his monthly news­let­ter, go­ing to “great lengths” to re­mind res­i­dents of the work Lit­tle­john has done in the re­gion.

“I wish to em­phat­i­cally state that the 2014 mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works fund­ing does not in any way neg­a­tively re­flect on the in­tegrity of MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john,” wrote Adams. “I have known Glenn for many years, both in his pre­vi­ous role as for­mer mayor of Bay Roberts and as cur­rent MHA and I can hon­estly say that he is a con­sci­en­tious gen­tle­man who works dili­gently on be­half of his con­stituents.”

The mayor con­tin­ued to say Lit­tle­john has been highly vis­i­ble in his dis­trict, es­pe­cially in Up­per Is­land Cove, and has at­tended a num­ber of com­mu­nity func­tions.

“I value his work ethic and in­put in lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment min­is­ters for ac­cess to provin­cial and fed­eral fund­ing for projects which im­prove the qual­ity of life of res­i­dents in our town,” Adams con­tin­ued. “It is my fer­vent hope that Glenn will con­tinue his good work in Up­per Is­land Cove and en­joy ev­ery suc­cess in next year’s provin­cial elec­tion.”

When con­tacted by The Com­pass, Lit­tle­john said he would re­serve com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion un­til the mat­ter has gone be­fore coun­cil. As of last week, Lit­tle­john’s let­ter had not been ad­dressed within coun­cil cham­bers. The most re­cent Up­per Is­land Cove coun­cil meet­ing took place Jan. 6.

Com­pass file photo

Up­per Is­land Cove Mayor George Adams’ speech at a re­cent se­nior’s ban­quet ap­par­ently ruf­fled some po­lit­i­cal feath­ers.

Com­pass file photo

Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john.

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