Cornwall mayor issues apology for breaching election law

Cornwall Mayor Glen Grant. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Mayor Glen Grant has apologized for violating the Municipal Elections Act in his bid to seek a full term in office in the October municipal election.

The mayor issued a news release from his personal Hotmail address Thursday night saying he “inadvertently sent a Press Release from my city computer announcing my intention to run for Mayor in the 2022 Municipal election.” The email was sent June 7.

Grant had sent the June announcement to members of the media using his city email address, as well as his official mayoral email signature with the city logo and hyperlinks to city social media accounts.

Use of city resources, such as computers and city symbols, for an election campaign is a violation of the Municipal Elections Act.

City Clerk and Returning Officer Manon Levesque launched an investigation after an inquiry by Cornwall Newswatch.

On July 18, Levesque told Cornwall Newswatch that she was “following a standard City process and cannot comment further on the matter.”

CNW also learned some candidates for the upcoming municipal election were given a refresher on municipal rules regarding corporate resources and communications.

In Grant’s Aug. 4 apology, he says “I have a reputation for following procedures and I should have recognized this fact when I sent the email. I am making a public apology for this error in judgement (sic) and be assured it will not be repeated.”

In a June 8 interview with Cornwall Newswatch, Grant said he never sent out a press release before and indicated that he would “maybe submit an apology for that because I wasn’t aware of that (rule around city resources).”

As of Friday, Grant is in a three-way contest for the mayor’s chair. His challengers are current Coun. Justin Towndale and James Leroux. Candidates have until Aug. 19 to file their paperwork.