George Pirie running for mayor's race in Timmins

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George Pirie running for mayor's race in Timmins

Post #1 by Riskynet » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:34 pm

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The mayoralty race in Timmins took a new turn Tuesday morning when well-known former mining executive George Pirie, a South Porcupine native, announced he is running in the October 22, 2018 municipal election.

Pirie said he would be running on a campaign of fiscal responsibility. Pirie said he plans to treat the taxpayers and the tax dollars with respect.

He made the announcement at city with several friends and family members in attendance. Among city council members in the room were Coun. Joe Campbell and Coun. Rick Dubeau.

This means that there are now four candidates in the running for mayoralty in Timmins. Incumbent Steve Black was the first to file nomination papers followed by Daniel Fortier; followed by Mickey Auger and now George Pirie.

There is unofficial talk that Auger is pulling his mayoralty nomination in favour of filing a nomination to run for council in Ward Two, against incumbent Walter Wawrzaszek.

As of the writing of this report, this has not been verified by city hall.

In announcing his candidacy at the news conference on Tuesday, Pirie said he has had extensive community service. He said this included serving on the fundraising board for the Timmins and District Hospital, as a member of the board of Camp Bickell, co-chairing the United Way campaign, as well as several other ventures such as helping as a fundraiser for the improvements to the Carlo Cattarello Arena in South Porcupine.

He also revealed he had extensive employment in the mining industry. As an employee of Dome Mines, Pirie revealed that he rose through the ranks and became CFO (chief financial officer) of Placer Dome North America, CFO of Placer Dome Canada, president and CEO of Placer Dome Canada and executive vice-president of Placer Dome Inc.

Pirie said it was while he was CEO of Placer Dome that he created the Porcupine Joint Venture with Kinross Gold.

“Those lands now form the basis for all of Goldcorp’s mining operations,” said Pirie.

Pirie said he eventually returned to Timmins and is currently living in Barber’s Bay. He said he has continued his community involvement as a member of the Board of Governors with Northern College and as a member of the board of the Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

“We all know we have some serious challenges ahead. But I am involved with Northern and the TEDC because I believe passionately in the future of Timmins and this region. And I am willing to work diligently to secure the prosperity offered to us by where we live,” he said.

He described this part of Northern Ontario has a great place to live and the land has much to offer.

“It is essentially why we live here. It is our future to seize,” said Pirie.

“Other than my experience and passion, what do I have to offer? Well if elected what I offer is a commitment of open, transparent and honest dealings with and for the citizens of Timmins,” he said.

He said he would pledge to work hard to secure a sustainable and affordable future for the city. He said this means treating the taxpayers and their tax dollars with respect.

“In short it is a guarantee to get Timmins back on track, working together with all our stakeholders to secure our future and the quality of life our citizens in the past worked for, and the citizens in the present, desire,” he said. It was the end of his formal statement and was greeted with applause in the city hall Gold Boardroom.

The Daily Press asked Pirie if there was any specific thrust to his campaign.

“It’s not supposed to be a campaign speech, so perhaps I have to be careful with the answers to this question. But certainly fiscal responsibility and respect for the taxpayers and their dollars,” said Pirie.

When asked to be more specific, Pirie said he preferred that it would come out in the campaign, that the purpose for his comments Tuesday was a broad based candidacy announcement.

“When I say fiscal responsibility, I don’t think we have to look too far here, around us in the community to see generally speaking in fairness to say, a lack of that.

Was that a reference to Stars and Thunder, Pirie was asked.

“This election won’t be fought on Stars and Thunder. That’s for certain,” Pirie replied.

A citizen, who was not a member of the media, asked if even a part of the campaign, would involve Stars and Thunder.

“You should refine your question. If you’re asking me would I support a concert in the community that would lose $600,000 in the first year and close to $2 million in the second year, I would say no,” said Pirie.

“If you’re asking me if I would support a concert where the risk of that concert is borne by the taxpayers, I would say no” Pirie continued.

“If you’re asking me if there are models out there where in fact communities can put on concerts that are profitable and provide money back into the community, I would say yes,” said Pirie

By way of example, he mentioned the annual country music concert in Dauphin, Manitoba that Pirie said has become the most successful country and western concert in North America.

He also mentioned that Timmins has severe financial challenges in the very near term future. On the other hand he said he was as hopeful as anyone with such things as the Dome Century project, the prospect of Noront Resources setting up a smelter in Timmins and even remarked on the unsubstantiated rumours that another “big find” has been made at the Kidd Mine.

He said all these projects will take time before becoming reality.

Pirie was asked if personalities would come into the campaign, given that some commenters have suggested Black is no longer suitable for the job.

“I am not going attack anybody on an individual basis. It’s not what, … I think Mayor Black has worked hard on behalf of this community,” said Pirie, who added he could not condemn anyone who has worked hard for the community.

“Obviously I disagree with the direction he has taken this city where we’ve gone with our finances.

But I am not going to criticize him on a personal basis. Fit or not fit, that will be up to the voters to decide. I will not comment on that,” said Pirie.


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Post #2 by JosephMcCarthy » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:13 am

Even though he's a mining bigwig, he's an unknown with no political experience. Don't believe the spin you hear on Facebook. I predict Black will take 65% of the vote. I'll revise my prediction in November.

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Post #3 by Head Honcho » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:43 am

I'll move out of here before I live with any 4 years of Black.

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Post #4 by JosephMcCarthy » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:11 pm

no you won't. What would you have to complain about?

Just like every other person who complains on facebook, if people are so sad and their life so consumed by decisions of council, they should move elsewhere.

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Post #6 by Head Honcho » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:28 am

Wanna bet? Those of us that have to live on $14,000 and not $100,000.00+ per can not afford to continue living in this frozen wasteland paying the taxes and water/sewer bills these people charge, while they continue to squander. I've already been considering a plan to abandon ship for more than a year.

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Post #7 by DenBen » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:28 pm

You said you'd move after the last few provincial and federal elections that elected NDP members, but you're still there. It's like all the people that were leaving the U.S. in 2016 when the delusional egomaniac got elected. Where are they? I don't see them.

You need a 100K income to live in Timmins??? Must be a new thing. We were doing it at 50K combined after taxes. You must have pretty high tastes in stuff then.

I will say that 14K is low though, and it sucks. We'll see if stays at that level under this gov't.

Lastly....SW Ontario is closed............ [whistle

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Post #8 by Riskynet » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:46 am

JosephMcCarthy wrote:Even though he's a mining bigwig, he's an unknown with no political experience. Don't believe the spin you hear on Facebook. I predict Black will take 65% of the vote. I'll revise my prediction in November.



Black had no political experience, so I'm sure Pirie can't do any worse. [think
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Post #9 by DenBen » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:03 pm

Risky is right.

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Post #10 by Loco101 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:35 am

Black's political experience was one term on city council before becoming mayor. Doug Ford had the exact same amount of political experience (one term on Toronto city council) before becoming Premier of Ontario!

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Post #11 by Head Honcho » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:28 am

Perhaps we don't need a "politician"?

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Post #12 by DenBen » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:53 am

If he has a brain, isn't full of himself or has a hidden agenda...then yes.

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Post #13 by alarawany » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:45 am

he is marvellous
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