‘They owe us for the mistake that was made’: MacDonald

In this Dec., 2014 file photo, Coun. Mark MacDonald listens to a water and sewer budget presentation. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

CORNWALL – Calling it a “colossal blunder,” a fired-up Coun. Mark MacDonald says the federal government should open up its wallet for the waterfront storage tank saga.

It’s been nearby a year since giant calcium chloride tanks were built on the old port lands at the foot of Harbour Road.

“I firmly believe we should be compensated,” said MacDonald as city council was reviewing a divestiture report.

The city, Akwesasne and Transport Canada have been meeting off and on for a while now about Cornwall and MCA taking over the land.

The land is currently going through an Environmental Site Assessment and the process of divestiture could take four to six more months, according to CAO Norm Levac.

Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy tried to calm the situation and MacDonald. “The process is not quick…not because of the city but that’s the process.”

But MacDonald wasn’t having any of it.

“It’s a complete colossal mistake. We can’t afford to wait six months (and we) can’t wait for an assessment. We need to put the bill into them before the federal election.”

Coun. Andre Rivette finished off the discussion. “Wanna hear the truth Mark? You’re playing by the feds rules, play their game or don’t play at all.”

City council received the divestiture report but there was no action for council to take.

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