Friday, February 7, 2014


Folks, I have to apologize for recent mistakes in The Strand Blog. Boy, was I ever wrong!

  • I'm sorry that I said that Jim Thibert was not at the recent expansion announcement at Airbus.  (How was I to know he had been shunted off with those not on the VIP Tour?)
  • I'm sorry that I criticized Stephen Passero for his attempt at a joke at Premier Wynne's expense. (How was I to know that Passero is a professional comedian?)
  • I'm sorry that I remarked about Mayor Martin being in Florida while we freeze here. (How was I to know that he was meeting with his Fort Erie friends down there?)
  • I'm sorry that I misspelled Lesley North's name. (I copied it from the town's agenda.)
  • I'm sorry that I have so inflamed others that they have to resort to personal attacks against me. (Not really, but it does show how desperate they are to shut me up.)

However, I'm not sorry that I published a first-hand account of the Airbus announcement. In fact, I'll reprint it here:

"The fact that Jim Thibert wasn't hogging the spotlight was very telling. It tells me he didn't have anything to do with this new contract and they were not going to let him take the credit.
I’m sure Wynne remembers the banners at the track and at town hall.  Jim Thibert did not talk to her at all.

The plant manager, Wynne, Regional Chair Burroughs, Federal EDT minister Goodyear and Stephen Passero took a tour of the factory.

All the other dignitaries that were not invited to go on the tour were in the big meeting room mingling and talking with workers from the factory.

John Hill is the acting mayor, but the mayor asked Stephen Passero to speak on his behalf. So disrespectful of the policy in place and it was done to elevate Stephen during an election year. 

Four National TV crews, Four national newspapers and lots of local press were there. When Wynne got up to speak she mentioned that she had had a great tour with the four gentlemen and named them, but when she came to Stephen Passero, she had forgotten his name.  She turned around to him and said, 'I’m sorry I've forgotten your name'.

So, when Passero got up to speak he thanked everyone behind him that had been on the tour.  When he got to Wynne’s name he turned around and said,  'and Premier uh,uh,uh. I’m sorry. Oh, Wynne.'"  

Not funny, Stephen. Not funny at all.

1 comment:

  1. Anyone notice that the recent remarks about Ann Marie Noyes were taken down by the ninjas? Wonder why.


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