Cornwall Ontario – Lawyers can be a smart bunch, cagey too. It’s rare to get them “on the record” unless they want to be on the record which is why it’s so much fun to get them to chat off the record when the opportunity arises.
“Flipper is as good a politician as she is a lawyer.”
When your peers view you in that manner it makes for interesting chat. Let’s take a moment and examine her record of the last two terms.
She’s been a leader on a council that has raised the levy almost 20% per term without adding value to the ratepayers. Many call this TAXRAPE. Most of the monies have gone into supporting runaway emergency service raises and covering up scandals. Maureen Adams has refused to state how much BLG, Gowlings, and other power firms have made from Cornwall. The latest disaster, the City suing MPAC could cost us over $250K alone in a year of record tax hikes and empty reserve funds! Bernadette is a big part of that.
She was on the River Institute when the city was wiping out Beavers in Guindon Park. She was silent on that issue. After a group from BC paid their own cash to help the beavers and install devices word is that some were torn out and the are has been allowed to become overgrown and a disaster.
As a board member of Glen Stor Dun Lodge she presided through the Whistleblowing scandals. She actually was involved as a councilor as well terrorizing one of the Whistleblowers.
She was a leader in destroying the city’s 36 year Cornwall Public Art Gallery, with many saying it was only because yours truly was on the board and had actually saved it. We stretched six months monies into two years. Clement actually told council that she couldn’t support giving the gallery the paltry Lift Off donation because of our governance. She had failed to effect new governance for the gallery (she was supposed to be helping) and was fully aware that the board I was on had enacted and voted through a new conforming charter when she made that statement.
Flipper ironically now is leading the charge for the purchase of the BOM building to be turned into an Art Centre. It was done in the shadows, with no real local community monies and will cost more to sit empty than the city spent yearly supporting the old art gallery. And at least two law firms were screwed out of buying the BOM building as the safe there was perfect for lawyers. In other words Ms Clement supported using tax dollars to screw two local businesses while supporting the Elaine MacDonald follies in an adventure that has already cost nearly 1 tax point in a year of record tax increases.
She’s now trying to embrace technology using facebook live chat. It hasn’t been working well for her, but there’s a stink of hypocrisy when she talks about attracting jobs to Cornwall. We’ll use this media company as an example. Her artificially vanilla blarts on facebook were enough to make many snicker before turning her off.
She was more than happy to have our support before the Conspiratorial City Boycott which she embraced and has supported. She was more than happy to be on our online radio station too.
So what you had was local investment creating local opportunity, and helping the local economy get conspiratorially attacked by the council she sits on.
We ended up folding our radio station and cancelling plans for our online TV station which would’ve seen SIX full time emerging media jobs in this city in its first year. Does that sound like someone that wants to support attracting jobs?
She didn’t support our 100 Letter campaign which was geared to promote Cornwall and local business. Again, is that really about attracting growth for the community?
She has of course supported the CFN boycott. While hurting this newspaper it’s devastated the local economy as businesses that want to advertise with us that have city hall connections are fearful. The former Art Gallery president while I was there, lost a contract when his client was told to dump him because his client had a contract with the city. Another prominent business person who owns multiple local firms had to dump us as one had huge contracts with city hall. These are only two of many examples sadly.
Ms Clement was party to all of this or certainly didn’t voice any complaint.
As a lawyer she’s sat on a council that has been bullet ridden with lost lawsuits and scandals. While not repping the City surely her being at the bar would suffice her to simply say that certain actions wouldn’t pass a legal stink test?
As a lawyer that tries to win Human Rights Tribunal cases she sat silent during the 2014 Chamber Debates bizarre charter violating demands for the debate. While others did to as a lawyer that supposedly has some understanding 0f our Charter you’d think she’d at least wave her arms around and say something…..
And oddly enough she has her hen parties at NAV Can. NAV is a lovely facility that pays little to no taxes to the City because they have some Federal government connection. Why push business to them when there are facilities in Cornwall that pull full freight? Why actually have events leave local business for NAV?
And then you have the darkest secret that’s hovering in the room. In 2018 what politician wouldn’t admit to being gay? It’s not a crime in Ontario and Canada. Former premier Wynne had no problems outing herself, and her latest historical election loss was not about her sexuality, but her utter abuse of the public.
It’s not about privacy either. If someone is going to lie about that what else would they lie about? Who are you really voting for? Some apologists suggested it was because she was trying to protect her alleged long time girlfriend who could lose her gig because she works for a backwards hypocritical organization that has had multiple historic scandals but apparently has an issue with homosexuality. Why a lesbian would want to work for them lord knows, but then again how many with her background have gone bankrupt for $35K or so?
I digress. This sadly is the front runner in this election for mayor of Cornwall. Is it any wonder that business is leaving, young people are leaving, and seniors? After two failed kicks at a run to be MP surely the community would realize that this emperor wannabee surely isn’t wearing any clothes? Getting lame duck mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy to run to vote split though was a great tactic that just might work, but at the end of the day it’s the people of Cornwall that lose because in this election there simply is no worthy choice for mayor.
You have a #metoo corporate hack. You have a muddling former Real Estate guy who got into power on the backs of corruption that Flipper was a part of, and the support of this newspapers viewers, and you have the political train wreck that is Bernadette Clement who Kathleen Wynne wouldn’t even touch, and then you have a Nicole Spahich who…..
If Bernadette Clement is the best you have for Mayor of Cornwall maybe Jules was right about this town….
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