THE RIGHT NOTES: MacDonald urges all candidates to work together now, before election

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Mark MacDonald, at a Cornwall seniors apartment complex Monday.

CORNWALL, Ontario - A city council candidate who knows how to work for votes is urging all those vying for a spot at the table to work together now - before a single ballot is cast.

Mark MacDonald, who was a city councillor years ago, was at a Cornwall seniors apartment complex strumming away on his guitar Monday, where he delivered a plea to members of the tenants association to provide clear direction on where they think Cornwall needs improvement.

He'll be making similar requests of other community groups and business leaders throughout Cornwall in the days and weeks leading up to the October election.

"In order to grow we need a council that has a clear agenda," he told a small group of residents at the apartment complex on Augustus Street. "I'm on a quest to find issues that all candidates will be able to agree on.

"It's time to put political differences aside and work together as a team starting now, not after the election."

MacDonald pointed to the chemical tank controversy on Cornwall's waterfront as what he feels is an area where greater communication could have resulted in a different outcome.

The tanks were finished earlier this year, and now a chemical de-icer is being trucked through Cornwall on a regular basis.

"The chemical tank fiasco has led to confidential waterfront development discussions," said MacDonald. "You may want to have a say in any future waterfront plans."

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Augustus Street

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