Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 13, 2014

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall Political memorabilia.


Attack ads are nothing new!  This 1906 brochure oultines all of provincial Conservative leader James P. Whitney’s faults.  High taxation, bad administration, bad roads, hard times, no policy.  Sound familiar?

Whitney and the Conservatives won the election and he sat as Premier for Dundas County from 1905 to 1915.


A campaign ribbon for James Pliny Whitney, MPP for Dundas from 1905 to 1915.  In 1905 the Conservatives under Whitney defeated the ruling Liberals by crying “It’s time for a change.”


A handbill for a political rally in Toronto in 1901.  Whitney became leader of the Opposition in 1896.  He was knighted in 1908.


Father Rudy Villeneuve was the standard bearer for the Conservatives in the 1975 provincial election.  He was defeated by school teacher and NDP candidate George Samis by more than 2,000 votes.  The generally genial Father Rudy told me that running for politics was one of the most unfortunate moves he made.


NDP councillor Jan Samis ran against Brian Lynch for the Mayor’s seat in 1985.  She lost and as is so often the case, soon after left Cornwall.


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