GLENN OGILVIE The Observer
candidates for Sarnia mayor squared off
at a Rotary Club all-candidates meeting, Monday at the Guildwood Inn.
left: Joe Murray, Dick Carpani, Carlos Murray and Mike Bradley.
race gets personal
clear on Monday that Sarnia’s mayoral race is shaping up to be much
personal style than debating the traditional issues.
candidates made their first appearance together at an all-candidates
by the Rotary Club of Sarnia.
who works with people,” said Dick Carpani, taking a direct hit at Mayor
Bradley, who is frequently criticized for not being a team player.
a former councillor who served with Bradley almost five years.
advantage of the knowledge and opinions of each councillor. I will not
proposal without a hearing. I will not turf any business person out of
office,” Carpani said.
tell me I’m too much of a nice guy for the job. But I don’t think being
pleasant is a bad characteristic for mayor.”
Bradley leading council for the past 18 years, the speeches were as
whether the city needs change as they were about taxation and
“If we keep
doing what we have been doing, how do we expect a different outcome?”
asked in a final shot at Bradley.
Murray also levelled criticism at the incumbent, alluding to the
hours working at city hall.
new investors and create new jobs, Sarnia needs “a salesman who can
deal,” Murray said.
leave that up to the professionals who have been hired to bring in new
and industry, Murray said he would take on that job himself if elected
in the old-fashioned way of doing things,” he said. “As mayor, I’d go
the road to meet the CEOs and the decision-makers and show them what we
offer. I wouldn’t sit in my office 80 hours a week.
“If I have
to take them out for a beer or take them out salmon fishing or golfing,
“We need to
bring them here and we all know that once they’re here, they will be
told about 65 Rotary club members over lunch at the Best Western
his political experience is what makes him the most capable.
mayor is all about is being the person who understands the fabric of
community,” he said.
credit for bringing labour and business together in Sarnia and for
for local residents with the premier and other influential
candidates touched on the same issues: jobs, controlling taxes, fixing
infrastructure, keeping youth here, attracting more doctors and
reigning in the
the current debtload at $74 million and said the city pays $11 million
year just to service it.
can’t go on like this,” he said. “The only way to get out of this mess
councillor the past three years, Murray said he’s been “squeezing and
the budget” and growth is Sarnia’s only answer now.
made no apologies for the debt.
sports complex, your sewage plant, your water plant and your roads,” he
“We’re doing more this year than we’ve ever done.”
said the city is on the right track because of council’s work with
College and investment in the University of Western Ontario’s Research
said it’s council’s job to make decisions that encourage investment,
the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Partnership officials do
It would be
great to land another UBE but it’s more likely that job growth in
result from the expansion of existing businesses, Carpani said.
Murray, Sarnia’s fourth mayoral candidate, had equal time on the podium
much of it was spent endorsing Bradley.
tell me what it is you want done and in my first year as mayor, I’ll
part of my pay so he’s there to help me out,” he said to much laughter.
defended the incumbent.
people saying Mike Bradley has done a terrible job. Well, he’s had
premier) Mike Harris and McGuinty to deal with.
could be more like $100 million if it wasn’t for (Bradley). He’s done a
The first all-candidates
meeting open to the public is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at city
hosted by the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce
DOBSON The Observer Tuesday,
October 17, 2006