Cornwall Ontario– Long time Cornwall City Councilor and two time failed Liberal MP candidate Bernadette “Flipper” Clement may step out of the closet and run for Mayor of Cornwall Ontario finally! At least that’s the buzz heating up around the River City!
When not using tax dollars at the legal clinic she’s in charge of for people who earn over twice the legal aid threshold (who also work for fellow councillor Maurice Dupelle) Ms Clement is championing the causes of raising taxes and waving her hands and burning through council meetings while accomplishing as seemingly little as possible.
This is someone after all who sat on the River Institute board while staying quiet while her council murdered and trapped beavers at a local city run nature facility using unprotected conibear kill traps that could’ve snapped a child or dog in two.
She’s also been a driving force for two terms that have seen the tax levy raise almost 20% per term while industry leaves the city and MPAC devalutions may cost the city millions.
And as an experienced lawyer recently watched the city epically fail in a circus act attempt that resulted in a CUPE strike and settlement that will again cost the city millions.
While many on councils she has served on may in fact be illiterate high school dropouts, Ms Clement being a lawyer really has no excuse for some of the drama she’s been party to or witnessed in closed door and open meetings.
Likewise, as often as she’s taking cases to the Human Rights Tribunal she was silent when the Chamber of Commerce in the last election clearly violated the Charter. Clearly Ms Clement appears to be a person of principles…which one day this writer hopes that she’ll share exactly of what?
As one legal mind loudly put it locally:
She’s as great a politician as she is lawyer!
The question is whether the local Pink Mafia and Labour would be enough to get her elected to mayor, especially as she according to Councilor Andre Rivette supported the City’s position during the CUPE strike?
The one good point about Flipper running against David Murphy for mayor is that we’d be at least rid of one of these career parasites that give so little to their community while taking so much, and exploiting their public roles for private machinations.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Does Flipper have your vote for mayor of Cornwall in 2018? You can post your comment below.