Bernadette Clement gets Liberal ‘green light’

Cornwall councillor Bernadette Clement, seen here during a December 2014 city council meeting, has been approved to run for the Liberal nomination in SDSG for the upcoming federal election. Click photo to enlarge. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

SD&SG – The Liberal party’s national campaign has approved Cornwall councillor Bernadette Clement to run in the upcoming SDSG nomination.

She will be up against Ingleside businesswoman Patricia Pichette and Catholic school board employee Corey Kalsi of Williamstown to win the right to represent Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry for the Liberals in the Oct. 19 federal election.

Clement – a lawyer by profession and three-term councillor – is expecting a “spirited nomination race.”

“Since announcing my intention (March 25) to seek the nomination, I’ve been travelling throughout the riding meeting with constituents and listening to their concerns,” says Clement. “I understand their desire for change.”

Her focus now is building membership support ahead of a yet-to-be-announced Liberal nomination voting day.

The first chance the three candidates – Clement, Pichette and Kalsi – will get to square off is April 29 during an SDSG Liberal All-Candidates debate at the Best Western in Cornwall.

Clement represented the Liberals in the 2011 federal election and was soundly defeated by Conservative MP Guy Lauzon. Clement picked up 18 per cent of the vote compared to Lauzon’s 62 per cent.

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