John Meaney is the only one out of the three mayoral candidates who has not shared his platform with KirklandCitizen, nor answered the 3 key questions. Indeed, no serious person would find this exercise meaningful, because there’s not much to report since he had acclaimed the position four years ago. We might just quote a few lines from his last pre-campaign interview (The Montreal Gazette, 13 Mar 2008, section West Island, F-17).
The interview opens with Meaney’s narrative of his first memorable achievement – yet before puberty: he licked his streetcar ticket, stuck it to his mitt and pretended to drop it into the trolley’s cash box. The same ticket got him home at the end of the day.
He also remembers (or at least remembered in 2008) that “disappointed with city hall’s response […], residents in Meaney’s area formed a citizens’ association,” which he headed soon. In 1975, the association convinced him to run for council. However, in 2012 Meaney maintained that Kirkland never had the need for such an association.
Meaney then quit his council post in 1990 and took over as Kirkland’s assistant director of public works. This brought him as close as possible to the water pollution and cross connection issues. While now, 20-30 years later, Meaney recalled only “two or three cases,” Michel Gibson decided to come clean on Homerun show: “When we really discovered the paper trail, there were 60.” That is, sixty(!) cases of cross connections known to the Town Hall and repaired by the Town of Kirkland.
Although the discovered paper trail was left primarily by the public works office, Meaney – always true to himself – said he did not have “all the information up front.” Meaney wanted to say that he did not expect several thousand signatures under the petition initiated by KCA. “You had it, John,” insisted Gibson. After this rash statement, Meaney’s suggestion to Michel Gibson to “go play in traffic” was the only appropriate response, nimbly alluding to Henri-Daoust street issue which the Town Hall handled with grace and dignity as well.
Another thing that our incumbent mayor could add to his brag book: in 2011, although a very efficient administrator, John Meaney could not reach his counterpart in Pierrefonds (who “would not take the phone”) for three months! Probably, the other mayor did not want to upset Meaney with the confirmation that Pierrefonds authorities had paid for the cross connections repair in their borough. Perhaps, another thing Meaney wanted his peer to confirm was that one of the councillors there had indeed paid his legal costs related to the defamation case opened against a Pierrefonds resident Michael Labelle, in accordance with MAMROT guidelines, while in Kirkland, in a similar case, spectacularly lost by the claimant twice, Councillor Allard’s legal fees were generously covered by the Council – from your taxpayers’ money.
Kirkland deserves much better than we have received from our municipal politicians. We need a mayor who has a dream for the town and not someone who by his own admission considers being mayor of Kirkland to be his “dream job.” If you do not want to read this platform again, come and vote on November 3. Advance vote opens on Sunday, October 27.
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