A May­oral land­slide

Seaway News - - OPINION - Claude McIntosh Mac’s Mus­ings [email protected]­WALLSEA­WAYNEWS.COM

Dur­ing the 1971 Cornwall may­oral cam­paign vot­ers were warned that elect­ing a 32-year-old soft drink plant man­ager with a blank page on his po­lit­i­cal re­sume would be a huge mis­take.

Vot­ers didn’t lis­ten to the warn­ing. On Dec. 6, Ed Lum­ley, a na­tive of Wind­sor, be­came the youngest mayor elected by Cornwall vot­ers.

This was when mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions were held across On­tario on the first Mon­day in De­cem­ber.

He didn’t just win; he won big, tak­ing down one of the city’s most ex­pe­ri­enced mu­nic­i­pal politi­cians backed by a high-powered po­lit­i­cal ma­chine and a siz­able war chest.

In­cum­bent Nick Kaneb, who served as mayor for 10 of the pre­vi­ous 12 years and was first elected as an al­der­man in 1950, fin­ished 7,050 votes be­hind his young op­po­nent. It was the big­gest may­oral mar­gin of vic­tory on record. Lum­ley won all but six of the 91 polls.

Kaneb and his sup­port­ers were shocked. “I never dreamed it would go this way. I ex­pected to win. I didn’t ex­pect this (kind of de­feat),”Kaneb told the Stan­dard-Free­holder. “I don’t think any­one can do bet­ter than I did.”

Ald. An­gelo Le­bano, who openly sup­ported Kaneb, had a warn­ing for the fresh­lyminted mayor: “If I think Mr. Lum­ley isn’t do­ing his job, I’ll run in the next elec­tion (against him).”

What vot­ers didn’t re­al­ize on the night of Dec. 6, 1971 was that they had launched a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer that would see Lum­ley elected Lib­eral MP be­fore his first and ex­pired.

He would go on to be­come a key cab­i­net min­is­ter be­fore be­com­ing the vic­tim in 1984 of ar­guably the city’s big­gest lo­cal po­lit­i­cal up­set when he was booted out of of­fice by an un­known Con­ser­va­tive chal­lenger. Many had seen Lum­ley as a ris­ing star in the Lib­eral party and a po­ten­tial fu­ture leader.

But there was no need to hold a tag day for the de­feated MP.

Lum­ley rose from the ashes of a po­lit­i­cal de­feat to be­come one of the most in­flu­en­tial cor­po­rate fig­ures in the coun­try, serv­ing on boards such as CNR, Bell Canada, BMO Nes­bitt Burns and Magna In­ter­na­tional. In 2006 he was ap­pointed chan­cel­lor of Uni­ver­sity of Wind­sor (he stepped down ear­lier this year) and in 2014 was named to the Or­der of Canada.

ALSO THIS WEEK IN 1971 - Tag­gart Ser­vice of Ot­tawa an­nounced that it had pur­chased L. R. McDon­ald and Sons of Cornwall to cre­ate one of the largest truck­ing firms in East­ern On­tario. The deal in­cluded the new McDon­ald ware­house on Tenth Street East . ... Fire de­stroyed the work­shop and stor­age build­ing be­long­ing to En­twistle Con­struc­tion 33 Cum­ber­land St. Fire­fight­ers Hugh O’Reilly and Leon Lemire were treated at hospi­tal for in­juries . ... The Ken­neth MacLennan lum­ber and saw mill in Dalkeith was de­stroyed by fire. It em­ployed 22 peo­ple. ... Judge G. A. Stiles handed a Cornwall man a six-month jail sen­tence for steal­ing cop­per wire from the Cana­dian Pa­cific yard in Finch. ... Win­ners of the Branch 297 Re­mem­brance Day es­say con­test were M. V. O’Mal­ley, Stephen Fitz­patrick, Deb­bie Brophy and Lise Char­ron . ... De­spite los­ing five starters to grad­u­a­tion, CCVS Raiders started the EOSSA bas­ket­ball sea­son with an 85-31 win over Se­away District. Keith Heemskerk led (Stor­mont-Dun­das) only may­oral term the Raiders with 31 points. Gary Ras­mussen had 21 and Tom Cleary 17 . ... Pat Bin­g­ley had two goals as An­chor Mo­tel Mav­er­icks downed Mod­ern TV 4-1 in a City Ju­nior Hockey League game . ... Cornwall Curl­ing Club’s Pete Slee­man up­set for­mer Cana­dian cham­pion Al­fie Phillips 9-2 in the open­ing round of the Cornwall Tourism and Con­ven­tion Bureau event.

THIS AND THAT Once again good to hear The Big M (Michael Terry) giv­ing Wil­lie Dee’s ‘Hush Rein­deer’ Christ­mas sea­son tune air time on his Sun­day af­ter­noon show on CKON . ... Dumb­est ques­tion in the Pre­mier Doug Ford me­dia scrum fol­low­ing the Gen­eral Mo­tors plant-clos­ing an­nounce­ment was “What kind of ve­hi­cle do you drive?” Had to be some­body from the CBC. For the record, Ford drives a GM prod­uct. Okay. How about ask­ing the other lead­ers NDP and Lib­er­als - what they drive? ... Be­lated happy birthday wishes to Cornwall Sports Hall of Famer Art Mur­phy who turned 80. Art was a key mem­ber of the pow­er­ful St. Lawrence High School Saints in the 1950s and was a full­back for the Lon­don Lords of the On­tario Rugby Foot­ball Union be­fore tear­ing up his knee in a game against Sar­nia Im­pe­ri­als . ... Don’t know what po­si­tion Doug Ford played in his foot­ball days but it couldn’t have been re­ceiver, not the way he dropped the ball on the fran­co­phone ser­vice file. He got some bad ad­vice.

HERE AND THERE Why do they build ve­hi­cles that can ex­ceed the high­way speed limit by 90 kilo­me­tres? ... Wil­liam Ny­lan­der back with the Leafs af­ter a long, con­tentious con­tract tug-of-war. Ny­lan­der, 20 goals last sea­son, told a Toronto news­pa­per he habours no hard feel­ings. Why would he? At 22 he has a six-year con­tract that will pay him $42 mil­lion. That is about $41.6 mil­lion more than the av­er­age work­ing Cana­dian will earn in the next six years . ... Fed­eral NDP leader Jag­meer Singh will try to win a seat in the House of Com­mons in a Fe­bru­ary by-elec­tion. If he fails, the party, al­ready on the skids, faces a huge prob­lem with a fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign just months away . ... Not even the po­lice are safe from po­ten­tial ter­ror­ism. The re­cent Cornwall Po­lice Ser­vice change-of-com­mand cer­e­mony, with dozens of po­lice of­fi­cers in at­ten­dance, re­quired armed of­fi­cers to guard against a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist at­tack. Mean­while, the gen­er­at­ing sta­tion, once a tar­get on the Soviet Union’s mis­sile map, is guarded by a cou­ple of un­armed se­cu­rity guards.

TRIVIA ANSWER Dur­ing a Royal visit to Cornwall in 1959 Prince Philip was pre­sented with a Lar­son boat man­u­fac­tured at the Cour­taulds Canada Ltd. plant in Cornwall.

TRIVIA The 1971 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, which elected Ed Lum­ley as mayor, the bal­lot in­cluded this ref­er­en­dum - 1) Ex­tend the agree­ment with Cornwall Elec­tric to sup­ply power to the city, 2) To an­nex part of Cornwall Town­ship for con­struc­tion of Com­bus­tion En­gi­neer­ing, 3) To elim­i­nate the ward sys­tem in favour of elec­tions at large, 4) A one-way street sys­tem, 5) To re­duce coun­cil to 10 coun­cil­lors from 12.

HIT­TING THE RE­CALL BUT­TON When they played the na­tional an­them in movie the­atres? ... The Hill­billy Hoe­downs at the Wa­ter Street Arena that show­cased city and area mu­si­cal tal­ent? ... The dis­abled chap who sold pen­cils in front of the F. W. Wool­worth Store on Pitt Street . ... The Chicken Palace Restau­rant on Pitt Street which was de­stroyed by one of the many fires in the down­town core dur­ing the fifties and six­ties . ... When fam­i­lies could rent a pew in a Ro­man Catholic church.

ONE LAST THING “Too many peo­ple die at 25 and aren’t buried un­til they are 75,” -

Ben­jamin Franklin

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