I was asked to run in the current Federal election as an Independent candidate. A group had come together, cash in hand, ready to roll, but I decided I couldn’t do it with any integrity.
Yes it would be fun to stand on stage and debate Guy & Bernie, to point out their frailties and flaws, especially as they don’t appear to try and hide them, but I could not attempt to represent some of the counties in good faith. For example I could not say I’d like to represent South Stormont when in fact I warn people from that odd and bizarre patch of Ontario.
Yet here we are in mid race and Liberal candidate Bernadette Clement, who not even elected has broken her first promise, to take leave of absence once the campaign begins, and is off to Niagara Falls for the AMO conference, apparently travelling with fellow councilors Brock Frost, Justin Towndale, and Carilyne Herbert?
It’s kinda weird no? I mean if she’s confident that she’ll dethrone incumbent Guy Lauzon why waste tax payer dollars? While she made no promises to cut taxes and has never been shy to liberalize our tax bills this is another near $2,000.00 per councilor in expenses.
Ms Clement is also a lawyer who is now travelling with Councilor Brock Frost, the Brock Frost that was charged in Quebec, has outstanding Nicarauguan real estate troubles, and is involved in several lawsuits. She, nor any of our current council have voiced any objections to Councilor Frost’s behavior?
These junkets are glorified mini vacations. Last year’s budget check shows that former Mayor Kilger $1,331.57, and councilors Dupelle $1,952.39, Gardiner $1,792.51, Glen Grant $1,900.02, Elaine MacDonald $1,136.66, Murphy $1,489.34, Rivette $1,900.00, and Samson $1,797.86 all had a fine time.
Judging from the performance of council last year including Closed Meeting investigations makes one ponder if much was learned from the AMO Conference or if simply some bar tabs were run up?
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