LTE: Why is Bernadette Clement running?

Bernadette Clement takes a bow, thanking her supporters, after winning the SDSG federal Liberal nomination on June 23, 2015. She is joined by candidates Corey Kalsi, center, and Patricia Pichette. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

A lot of you have asked me why I am running. I am running because of you.

I am running because you’ve told me that you want a stronger voice in Ottawa. You want someone with a solid track-record of working and collaborating with stakeholders across our counties. Someone who builds relationships and someone who listens to you.

I am running because I don’t want to see so many families, generation after generation, hurting. Everyday at the Legal Clinic I see people struggle with a variety of issues such as unemployment, housing, health care, and elder care.  I will work to improve the system for families and not just hand over cheques and cut ribbons.

I am running because I believe that fairness is the best policy. Our Liberal childcare plan gives more money to the families that need it, and less to the millionaires. This is fair and puts more of your hard-earned money back in your pockets.

I am running because every summer when I was growing up, visiting my grandparents wheat farm in Manitoba, I witnessed first hand the dedication, sacrifice and hard work that our farmers put in day after day, season after season. I know about the levels of debt our farmers must manage in order for them to continue to provide to our communities. I share their frustration with the amount of red tape and increasingly complicated process they must overcome in order to do their job. It’s about time we listen to them.

I am running because I want to be your champion. When I moved here 24 years ago, this community embraced me. This is my heart and my home – I am very proud to say that I live here. If you put me in Ottawa, I will bring all of you with me.

This is why I am running.

Bernadette Clement
Liberal candidate
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry 

Thumbs Up(14)Thumbs Down(6)