There have been multiple allegations that our own Mayor, Bernadette Clement (a fellow former Montreal person), has been in a long term relationship with local lawyer Kimberly Walsh who’s the Chancellor at the local Catholic Diocese and formerly bankrupt lawyer, for many moons.
In 2019 gender, religion, sexuality should play zero role in access to equal opportunity across the board. There is no crime in being a lesbian. But if true isn’t it sad that someone’s main squeeze wouldn’t be up posing with her honey for pics for Ms Clement’s greatest political victory when she was elected mayor of Cornwall?
So much fuss was made that Ms Clement is a visible minority and a woman, but if she truly is a lesbian wouldn’t that make it a trifecta? Our Deputy Police Chief just was on the magazine cover for the Police Advocates Journal. One’s sexuality really just shouldn’t be an issue.
There is an issue with being a bad liar though, or bad lawyer, or bad politician. The prevailing thought being that if a public person keeps such trivial a thing secret what else are they keeping secret? And why? We all know politicians lie, but we expect them to have the talent to not get caught.
That’s a valid question. It could be why so many politicians are coming out of the closet. Some more loudly than others, but we’ve seen it across the political spectrum. We are not living in the days when Svend Robinson said “howdy!”.
Locally we had Lyle Warden get elected as a homosexual conservative. Eric Duncan is making a run at being the Conservative nomination for the Federal election in this riding. John Baird could get elected if he ever chose to run again. And so could Scott Brison.
I sent out an email to both Ms Clement and Walsh. No response. Not even a legal threat like our police chief did when I asked him about an incident from years gone by regarding allegations of his own behavior. It’s amazing the stuff that is in our files!
On a personal note, if these allegations are true, I do hope that Ms Clement comes out of the closet and moves our community forward in a more honest and bright light. There’s no sin in being gay. There is a sin being a liar. And if they are not true we’re happy to print a statement from our Mayor here on CFN saying such.
At the end of the day if the allegations are true and Ms Clement wants to remain in the closet that’s her choice too. After all, we don’t live in countries that outlaw homosexuality. And that’s a good thing.
We have many high ranking gay officials right here in Cornwall & SD&G. The list is long and prominent.
If we have a gay mayor let’s turn this into a positive thing for the community and not yet another dark secret in the shadows.