Premier calls Smiths Falls ‘remarkable’ and recognizes local economy

Ron Holman, Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and Mayor of Rideau Lakes Township, addresses Premier Kathleen Wynne at the association’s annual conference held in Toronto from January 21 to 23
Posted on: March 1, 2018

Chris Must

One Smiths Falls town councillor said he felt like “a rock star” after the premier of Ontario singled Smiths Falls out for special praise at a recent municipal conference.

At a Feb. 26 council meeting, Councillor Chris Cummings said had “never been so proud” as he was when Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto in late January.  In an excerpt from the premier’s speech shown at the Feb. 26 meeting, she called Smiths Falls a town “that is constantly reinventing itself.”

She noted that at various times in its history Smiths Falls has been known as the home of the RCA Victor record plant that helped fuel Beatlemania, as Canada’s “Chocolate Capitol,” and now thanks to the Tweed factory, as “the nation’s pot capitol.”

“Smiths Falls has always been on the cutting edge,” said Wynne, adding that, “the local economy is humming.” She also singled out the group of local friends who got together to open Four Degrees Brewing.

“All of that is the transformation that Smiths Falls is undergoing, and it’s remarkable,” said Wynne, going on to state that this spirit can be found across the province.

“I was sitting in the front row when the premier took the stage, and it surprised the heck out of me,” said Cummings.

The veteran councillor said Smiths Falls was the talk of the conference after that, and he was asked about it by fellow delegates everywhere he went. “It was the first, and probably the only time I’ll ever feel like a rock star,” said Cummings.