Island Cove mayor’s speech draws criticism
Local MHA writes town after accompanying premier at senior’s banquet
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.
Upper Island Cove Mayor George Adams’ speech at a recent senior’s banquet apparently ruffled some political feathers.
Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn.