New warden eyeing Queen’s Park?
We're sure that Jamie MacDonald has plenty of important issues he'll want to address as he begins his second term as warden of the United Counties of SDG, but here's one we hope he'll insist on right away:
Demand that his councillors speak up.
We don't know if it's bad acoustics in the council chambers in Cornwall, a propensity for muttering or not speaking into the microphones, or all of the above. But so much of the verbal byplay that takes place at these meetings sounds - to us at the media table - like the adults talking in those old Charlie Brown cartoons (wuhwah-wah-wahhh!!!!)
Speak up. Speak loudly. Speak clearly. The media wants to quote you. Accurately.
It was good to see so many people out at council chambers on Friday morning to witness Mr. MacDonald's swearing-in. Nearly all of North Glengarry council was there as was the CAO, Sarah Huskinson, Mr. MacDonald's mother, Madeleine, as well as his wife and children. Longtime North All 12 members of counties Glengarry council were introduced by someCouncillor one who knows them well. North George Glengarry's new Deputy-Mayor Currier, was introduced by her fellow who council member, Jeff Manley, served as South Glengarry Mayor Frank Warden Prevost was introduced by way back in 1988, was also there. Williamstown resident and Fair So was Charles Sangster, who Board Director Rick Marvell and served as warden in 1994. South Glengarry Deputy-Mayor
Of course, both the area's MPs Lyle Warden was introduced by were there as was Stormonthis sister, Deborah. Dundas-South Glengarry MPP We can't wait for the day when Jim McDonell. Curiously, Mr. Warden will become Warden Glengarry-Prescott-Russell's MPP, so we can refer to him as Warden Amanda Simard, was not present Warden. By that time, maybe the and there were no apologies for United Counties will adopt the her absence either. That's unforward system so we can have even tunate as the swearing-in of Mr. more fun writing about Warden MacDonald, who is one of Ms. Warden's Ward. Simard's constituents, is a pretty big deal. Ms. Simard, who recently left the Progressive Conservative Party in order to sit as an independent, said she was busy in meetings and trying to
Introductions Bold predic tion
I'll end this column by making a bold prediction: That Jamie MacDonald will run to be Glengarry-Prescott-Russell's next MPP, probably sometime in 2022. Keep in mind that this is pure conjecture on my part. Mr. MacDonald has never told me that he'd like to enter provincial politics. I'm simply saying that as far as MPPs go, he fits the mold.
He's obviously very popular - just acclaimed as mayor - and is quite passionate about politics. His children told us that he was so depressed after Donald Trump won the presidency that he refused to come out of his room and that no one was allowed to watch the news for a solid week. So if Mr. MacDonald makes a run for Queen's Park sometime in the next decade, remember that you read it here first.
Two veteran trustees have been chosen as chair and vicechair of the Upper Canada District School Board.
John McAllister, who represents Athens, ElizabethtownKitley, Front of Yonge, Gananoque, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, was elected chair at the board’s inaugural meeting.
Bill MacPherson, who represents Drummond/North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands, Montague, Perth, and Tay Valley, was elected vice-chair.
Mr. McAllister succeeds Jeff MacMillan, of Brockville and Augusta, who did not seek reelection, while Mr. MacPherson succeeds Caroll Carkner, of Vankleek Hill, who also stepped down when her term ended this year.
Mr. McAllister was first elected to the board in 2010.