Culture At A Crossroads
Over the past couple of decades Tony Clement has been one of the most respected politicians both in the Conservative Party and in all of Canada. The former Minister of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka held a number of senior cabinet positions in Stephen Harper's government, including Minister of Health and President of the Treasury Board.
Clement also logged several years as an MPP which included being Minister of Health for Ontario. Clement's public life took a hit in November of 2018 when he admitted to sharing sexually explicit images and videos with a lady online. The veteran politician was then forced to leave his fellow Tories and he carried out the duration of his term as an independent before resigning from politics altogether after the last election.
In this reflective conversation Tony speaks to the legacy of Prime Minister Harper, and what it was like working as one of his right-hand men in terms of budget and recession. He also explains what attracted him to become a conservative, and weighs in on whether social conservatism is dead or alive in Canada.
Plus, Tony shares the challenges of what it's like to be a Christian in Parliament, and how his 'sexting' shortcomings has actually deepened his faith.
Feb. 6, 2006 - Clement appointed Canada's Minister of Health
Jul. 15, 2013 - Clement named President of the Treasury Board
Nov. 2018 - Clement admits to 'sexting' and resigns from Conservative Party
Jan, 21, 2019 - RCMP charges two people attempting to extort Clement over charges
Apr. 2, 2019 - Clement announces his departure from politics after next election
Apr. 5, 2019 - A heartfelt response from Parry-Sound Muskoka riding to Clement's exit