During the previous council’s four years (2014-18), I documented the aggressive efforts to stall the local hospital’s desperately-needed redevelopment by a group of those on council (aka The Block*). Every other municipality in the region enthusiastically supported the hospital’s plan; only this group on Collingwood council put up roadblocks. And they were significant roadblocks raised at great expense to the taxpayer.
Collingwood council SHOULD have taken the lead to promote their own hospital, but couldn’t get past their self-importance. As a result of the former council’s pettiness and negative interference, the hospital’s plans were set back as much as a decade, perhaps even more. Voters here should not forget that. **
Brian Saunderson, one of those who erected the roadblocks, is now running for the nomination for the local Progressive Conservative party to be our next MPP while stubbornly remaining as mayor; a situation rife with potential for conflicts of interest and accusations of influence-peddling. Yet he refuses to do the honorable, ethical thing and resign from office while he campaigns. That speaks volumes to his character. (in 2011, Mississauga council passed a motion asking both provincial and federal governments to require municipal councillors to resign their seat before running for higher office.)
I thought it might be a good time to remind readers about that earlier story and his part in it. On the next page is a list of all the stories I published here about the hospital issue, The Block’s objections and stalling tactics, their fight against the hospital’s plans, their closed-door meetings, and the final vote-grabbing turnaround they made as the next municipal election approached.