CORNWALL, Ontario - About 20 people gathered in Cornwall to find common issues to tackle in advance of the looming municipal election.
Mark MacDonald, a former city councillor and organizer of the event, told Seaway News the collection of candidates - both declared and potential - said a united front on a variety of issues related to the city's image and economy rose to the surface.
Chief among them were the ongoing concerns about chemical tanks on the waterfront, as well as municipal taxation.
"It's so glaringly obvious that there's been no focus," said MacDonald. "No clear agenda."
About 10 candidates, and just as many members of the public, filed into the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Thursday evening to plot strategy.
The group plans to continue meeting, but for the time being doesn't plan to interfere in the tank issue until city hall completes its work to halt the project.
"We want to let that process take its course, and let the city exhaust their options," said MacDonald.
In addition the group wants to meet with representatives of the local Community Action Group - a collection of business professionals and local stakeholders that has taken city hall to task in recent years over taxation.
"We want someone from them to make a presentation to us - the budget is such a big, big, issue."
MacDonald said another meeting of the group will likely take place in a month or so.