The Next Federal Election – Bernadette Clement

The Next Federal Election – Bernadette Clement

There’s a Federal election in the air – sure at the moment it’s just a whiff, but with hints of June dropped recently you never know.

While our riding chose Guy Lauzon by a large percentage of a tiny apathetic vote, were those numbers based on Mr. Lauzon’s popularity or on a lack of support for Liberal leader Stephan Dion?

Cornwall, and this riding have many challenges and need strong leadership.   The candidate should be able to bring our concerns to Parliment and to communicate strongly and support the local community.

While I personally feel Mr. Lauzon has failed in a multitude of ways even I have to admit that for him to lose there has to be a very viable alternative.

So for months now we’ve been conducting a poll of potential rivals to Guy Lauzon.

Please note that these numbers are not scientific and in fact are not accurate 19 times out of 20.

So far the over riding winner of any vote against Mr. Lauzon has been Cornwall City Coucillor Bernadette Clement. What we’re hearing about this bright spitfire is that she’s energetic; genuinely cares about people; is frighteningly bilingual; and has much better rudimentary arithmatic skills than the numerically challenged Mr. Lauzon.  Since the Liberal leadership change the numbers are showing that she’d win by a margin similar to that which Mr. Lauzon just received.

Darlene Jalbert of the NDP also has strong numbers, but so far has not clearly shown numerically that she can beat Mr. Lauzon.   She has a lot of strong qualities that you like in a candidate but comments have come in that she doesn’t have enough local coverage and a few people were not excited by her last campaign.   Her numbers were still very strong against Mr. Lauzon and much better than the last election results.

mel My dog Melly.   While response was positive on the whole most people noted that she is in fact a dog, and while her counting skills were  on par with Mr. Lauzon’s this riding just isn’t ready yet for a canine candidate.   Also, Melly’s politics lean a bit too far to the left for Cornwall.

Tom Manley.   A lot of people like Mr. Manley.   He ran against Mr. Lauzon and has lost though and many people hold losing against a politician.   An interesting candidate.

The fact is that this riding, whoever is running, needs a better voter turnout.  I hope that in the next election all the candidates get themselves out and raising the total vote numbers.

And I hope that the candidates focus on the real issues like the economy and stopping the destruction of the Medicare system in Canada.

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Followers need leaders.

The challenge is not to rely on others, take up the torch and run with it yourself.

Run as a team if you need support,… but if you start “following the leader”, you abdicate authority and delegate responsibility to others.

The freedoms of thought, conscience, speech, and the press didn’t come from following leaders; it came from the spirit of our forebears that disdained and left the authorities of the old world behind. It came from critical and independent thought and individual activism.

Following… that’s just shirking the obligations of freedom.

Trent Tulip
Trent Tulip

Some of our politicians are a problem, but the greater problem is that they get elected. That means instead of being creators of these situations, voters need to be the solution. Your over simplified solution is to get someone elected, sure…. but expose the crooks and incompetents for what they are beforehand. And that is not griping. Perhaps the greatest problem, and one that you’ve inadvertantly highlighted, is this idea of getting “someone you like” elected. Someone you like? It’s not supposed to be a popularity contest. Let’s concentrate on honesty and competence. Sad to say but your choice falls… Read more »

Trent Tulip
Trent Tulip

Yes I sit and type anonymously. But I also stand up in public.
There is a time and place for each.

And opinions are OK if they are backed up, and frankly the quote and behaviour that I witnessed at city council clearly indicates that the strengths of one particular city councillor are definitely not favourable as the head of a governing body.

But of course a body has many parts. I’m certain there are other more suitable roles. She would be an able spokesperson, a team builder, a sounding board and individual that can add sober second thought to a discussion.