With the reinforcement of the City Council that SD&SG Federal Liberal Candidate Bernadette Clement was a key part of covering up the Chem Tank contract from the public can Justin Trudeau afford a potential scandal?
Clearly City Hall knew about the Chem Tanks nearly a year before they were constructed and by hiding that information from the public left little to no option to fight their installation.
While Ms Clement appears to blame MP Lauzon and the Federal government the sole blame on any cover up is her council and City Hall.
When CFN first broke the cover up we were attacked and other local media do not ask any of the key questions like the one we sent to Transport Canada and were replied to in DECEMBER 2013: (We’ve highlighted the clear dating of the city’s awareness)
Below is the response from Transport Canada to your inquiry regarding the Public Port of Cornwall:
Transport Canada entered into a lease agreement with Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc.
The tenant provided detailed information regarding proposed activities for this commercial operation at this port facility to the City of Cornwall. Specifically, Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. advised Transport Canada that they first contacted the City of Cornwall in February 2013, and that, among other discussions with the City, Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. also provided details of the project plan to the City of Cornwall in June 2013.
The Public Port of Cornwall is a commercial port facility. Activity currently taking place at this facility is in line with typical commercial port operations.
A representative from the Office of the Minister of Transport is attending this evening’s public information session taking place in Cornwall.
Silvia Di Tiero
Transport Canada, Communications Advisor
We asked the hard questions back then and are still waiting for answers which all Cornwallites also deserve.
Frankly there should be a police inquiry as to whether a form of fraud has been committed that essentially leaves no option for the residents of our city.
Click to the 8 minute mark to see Lauzon read from Transport Canada and the exchange between he and Clement.
In the video Ms Clement says that Lauzon should have been more aware, but surely as important as the waterfront is to Cornwall’s future her council should have been aware? So the question again is were they and did they cover up the chem tank contract, or were they deceived by their own ED team? And if the latter why were no steps taken to remedy that?
Ms Clement not only was a key member of that council, but is a lawyer. While anyone can get elected, even a lying fraudster like Brock Frost, Ms Clement, as she is a member of the Upper Canada Law Society has a higher bar to adhere to. She also is more highly educated than say…. Andre Rivette.
When the scandal broke there was much rending of garments and laying blame at the Federal government, but the reality is the City still has not clearly stated why they covered up the info on the Chem tanks until the holes were in the ground and concrete poured?
It comes down to the three people working in the Economic Development office, Mark Boileau, Bob Peters, and Kevin Lajoie, CAO Norm Levac, and of course former Mayor Kilger and his council.
Some or all knew details. There’s a reason why ED has to report to council and this activity surely should have been reported if not after the February intel then surely after the June?
We now clearly and categorically know that there was a cover up. We just haven’t confirmed the players which leads us to the Federal election and Justin Trudeau.
Can he afford to keep Bernadette Clement? While all signs post to Guy Lauzon winning with about 60% of the vote in this riding if by some miracle Ms Clement won could Mr. Trudeau afford an early term scandal connected to him if he’s fortunate to become our next Prime Minister?
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comment below.