What will a Ford cab­i­net look like?

Seaway News - - Opinion -

The last pro­vin­cial cab­i­net min­is­ter to rep­re­sent a rid­ing that in­cluded Cornwall was Fern Guin­don, labour min­is­ter in the Bill Davis govern­ment.

The odds are that when Doug Ford un­veils his cab­i­net, Guin­don will still be the last Corn­wall­based MPP to serve in cab­i­net.

There isn’t much chance of Stor­mont-dun­dasSouth Glen­garry MPP Jim Mcdonell mak­ing the cut.

First of all, he hasn’t ex­pressed much in­ter­est in serv­ing in cab­i­net. Sec­ond, even if he did he is up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion for the two or three cab­i­net po­si­tions that will go to East­ern On­tario. There is a boat­load of top ta­lent from this neck of the province.

Long- time MPP Steve Clarke ( Leed­sGrenville-thou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes) will be named to cab­i­net. So will Ne­pean MPP Lisa Mcleod. A strong con­tender for cab­i­net is new­comer Mer­rilee Fullerton, a re­tired doc­tor who will rep­re­sent Kanata-car­leton. She could be con­sid­ered for the health port­fo­lio, while an­other new­comer, Amanda Si­mard, Glen­garry-prescot­tRus­sell might be a good fit for the fran­co­phone af­fairs slot. Then there is veteran Ren­frewNipiss­ing-pem­broke MPP John Yak­abuski who won big again, this time fin­ish­ing 25,288 votes ahead of his near­est ri­val. Randy Hil­lier, La­nark-fron­tenac-kingston MPP, might be too much of a loose can­non for cab­i­net.

One thing this cab­i­net won’t have is an at­tor­ney-gen­eral who once marched with a sign that said, “F.... the Cops”.

**************** How can a coun­try as great as the United States, a coun­try with so much ta­lent, get it so wrong when it comes to elect­ing a pres­i­dent? In ad­dress­ing in the House of Com­mons, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy said of his coun­try and Canada, “Let what na­ture has joined to­gether let no man put asun­der.” Well, Don­ald Trump is giv­ing it his best shot. A few things Trump might not be aware of as he at­tacks this coun­try: Canada was in the First and Sec­ond World Wars be­fore the United States; while he was dodg­ing the draft (four times) so he wouldn’t have to serve in Vietnam, 30,000 Cana­di­ans vol­un­teered to fight with Amer­i­can forces, 134 died in com­bat; Canada was Amer­ica’s most re­li­able part­ner in Af­gan­istan; it was a Cana­dian di­plo­mat ( Ken Tay­lor) who smug­gled six Amer­i­cans out of Iran in 1980; and Canada took in 30,000 Amer­i­cans when 239 flights were forced to land in this coun­try dur­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And talk about a trade im­bal­ance, parts of Florida would have to shut down if Cana­di­ans stopped go­ing there dur­ing the win­ter.

THIS AND THAT After telling any­one who would lis­ten, and the re­sults show that the mes­sage fell on a lot of deaf ears, that Doug Ford was un­fit to gov­ern On­tario, Kath­leen Wynne’s first go in life as a back­bencher was to send out a May­day call plea to premier-elect Ford ask­ing for mercy when it comes to party sta­tus for the dec­i­mated Liberals who came up one seat short of of­fi­cial party sta­tus. Ford will think about it. ... Mike Har­ris is back. That’s ju­nior not se­nior. The younger was elected in Kitch­ener-con­estoga. ... Brockville Mayor David Henderson got a swift kick in the teeth from vot­ers in Leeds-grenvilleT­hou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes. He turned in his Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber­ship card to run for the Liberals. He fin­ished third, 23,453 votes be­hind in­cum­bent Steve Clarke.

HERE AND THERE What a dif­fer­ence a few decades make. When first wave of baby boomers was stream­ing into the sys­tem, schools couldn’t be built fast enough. There was even a short­age of teach­ers. Th­ese days, be­cause of a de­clin­ing birthrate, lo­cal school boards have more class­room space than stu­dents. Far cry from the 1960s at Cornwall Col­le­giate when the base­ment cadet ri­fle range had to be used as a make-shift class­room.

SEEN AND HEARD Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals coach Barry Trotz was cap­tain of the Regina Pats team that played in the 1980 Me­mo­rial Cup tour­na­ment which the Cornwall Roy­als won. ... Former city coun­cil­lor Glen Grant still mulling a potential run for mayor in the Oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal election. At least three former coun­cil­lors ex­pected to make a coun­cil bid. ... Bought a Fitbit. It does ev­ery­thing but talk. A long way from the days of having to re­mem­ber to wind a watch ev­ery day to keep it tick­ing. ... Re­mem­ber when we turned first to the comics. Th­ese days, for those of us still reading news­pa­pers, it is the obit­u­ar­ies be­fore mov­ing on to the cross­word/sudoku puz­zles. ... Any kid who hung around the old Wa­ter Street Arena knew Mac Sloan, who died last week at age 89. Mac worked at the place for what seemed like for­ever. A kind soul, Mac was a walk­ing en­cy­clo­pe­dia when it came to ev­ery­thing and any­thing that hap­pened at the old barn dur­ing his long ten­ure.

with their money, but with their time.

Each item could be bid on with vol­un­teer hours. Bid­ders could spend those hours with any non-profit char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion of their choos­ing, but there were a few on hand at the event if they were looking for a place to start.

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, Priest Mill Arts Cen­tre, the White Knuck­lerz, Mai­son Bald­win House, Be­reaved Fam­i­lies, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and the SD&G County Li­brary were all on site to tell guests about the ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing and the dif­fer­ence their vol­un­teer hours could make for their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety for ex­am­ple runs pro­grams like Wheels of Hope, which helps to get can­cer pa­tients to ap­point­ments and their Wig Sa­lon, which helps match can­cer pa­tients with qual­ity wigs. Both of th­ese pro­grams would not be pos­si­ble with­out the help of vol­un­teers.

“For the in­au­gu­ral Cornwall Timerais­erx, we had an amaz­ing turnout and raised 770 vol­un­teer hours for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said or­ga­nizer Kelly Berg­eron. “We cel­e­brated lo­cal visual artists, dance, and song and were so lucky to have an in­cred­i­ble lo­ca­tion part­ner at Cailuan Gallery down­town. Thank you to every­one who sup­ported this, in­clud­ing Se­away News. Having a vi­brant arts com­mu­nity is what al­lowed this to be a suc­cess.”

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