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Council race: Mayoral candidates all singing the same song, says Ward 11 candidate

Lindsay says that councillors opposed to the city's current direction will need to be elected if change is to happen
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Ward 11 candidate John Lindsay. (File)

Ward 11 candidate John Lindsay says that the six candidates invited to the Downtown Sudbury debate on Wednesday evening seem to be singing the same tune.

"If perception is reality all challengers felt the process to approve the Kingsway Entertainment District (KED) was flawed despite the Mayor’s assertion that all was due process," said Lindsay in a news release. 

"All challengers either were definitely opposed to the project or had serious reservations. Major concern was also expressed with respect to available parking downtown and the need for the Arts Junction, matters that were both top of mind in a previous meeting sponsored by the BIA involving councillors from Wards in or surrounding the downtown in which I took part."

Lindsay believes that if true change is to come to the city, it will be at the hands of those elected as councillors come Oct. 22.

Full text of Lindsay's release can be found below:

All candidates looking to become Sudbury’s next mayor are now singing from the same hymn book it would seem based on last night’s “debate” sponsored by Downtown Sudbury. 

Those taking part included Cacciotti, Crumplin, Huska, Melanson, Mills and incumbent Bigger. 

If perception is reality all challengers felt the process to approve the Kingsway Entertainment District (KED) was flawed despite the Mayor’s assertion that all was due process. 

All challengers either were definitely opposed to the project or had serious reservations. Major concern was also expressed with respect to available parking downtown and the need for the Arts Junction, matters that were both top of mind in a previous meeting sponsored by the BIA involving councillors from Wards in or surrounding the downtown in which I took part.

The matter of the former St. Joe’s property now in disrepair was discussed with only Mills suggesting the city take action to acquire the eyesore while others were concerned about infringing on the private owners rights. Acknowledged was the realization that the Sudbury housing market is depressed and the owner is not prepared to develop the property at this time and the question was unanswered as to when this might take place.   

It was no apparent winner in the session, but a lot of frustration evident and concern about the future and the direction the city will take for the benefit of all citizens while remaining economically responsible. 

It would appear if change from the present direction is to take place councillor candidates opposed to current plans will have to be elected.  In most wards there is a choice voters will have to make. 

In my ward (eleven) four candidates are in favour of the KED with myself opposed and details on my website www.johnlindsay.ca.




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