July 13, 2016

It’s official! Tony Clement launches campaign for Conservative Party leader

Brian LilleyArchive

It’s official. Tony Clement has thrown his hat into the ring, entering the race to become the next Conservative Party of Canada leader

During his speech in Mississauga, Ontario where he launched his campaign on Liberal turf, he had a message for Justin Trudeau.

Watch as I discuss what Clement’s entry into the race means, go over the qualities he brings and share news of an interesting ally rumoured to be advising him.

The race is still wide open but Clement’s entry makes it that much more interesting.

You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2016-07-14 21:50:57 -0400
I joined the CPC just so I could vote for Maxime Bernier. He is the only real conservative in the race, and that is not likely to change.

Guys like Clement are just Liberals in blue ties.
commented 2016-07-14 19:20:03 -0400

I am not working for any liberal source – so this should be interesting. Except what you “heard” were the crazy voices in your head.
commented 2016-07-14 17:34:35 -0400
Who said anything about the Liberal party, NDP?! I only care about revolutionizing and making politics better as I ran in 2011.

Remember that focusing on ideology and wanting to be a hardcore member of a mainstream party means in essence being a useful idiot when no one should be too close to any party to be smart.

That is why Rebel wants to turn people into loyal foot soldiers rather than be open-minded and truly want a mind of their own rather than think critically and explore the 15 or more minor party options as I have.

So, yes, politics is serious and letting the same parties rule over us is why Canada is stagnant and why changes are needed. Levant and the rest will never say that as they are hardcore, loyal and foot soldiers of that Conservative party. They do not even shy away from their undying support for that party.
commented 2016-07-14 17:29:37 -0400
Everyone knows how self-centered and how party-focused the Conservatives truly are.

They will not veer from four-question Harper in terms of strategy and focus, and many Canadians have to realize this.
commented 2016-07-14 17:27:41 -0400
Canadians seriously do need a pay increase and reducing tuition fees and real jobs which the large corporations under Harper’s corporate tax cuts have not delivered on. In fact, corporations are sitting on 500 billion to 1 trillion dollars worth of assets no doubt for shareholders, but under Harper’s regime plants closed and it was a massive era of outsourcing. Many on here will claim that it was boom times but the Harper regime wanted a failed austerity program with Canada’s debt increasing by 160 to 180 billion dollars.

The Progressive Canadian party under Sinclair Stevens would make jobs a priority. Red Toryism can exist and the Conservatives would be for more of the same. I think choice is needed now more than ever. Being a moderate conservative means caring about the most vulnerable and focusing on small business and wanting a sensible foreign policy. It is a smart policy all around, and Harper’s plans did not make the Mideast better or the youth better off either.

That is the honest truth and no conservative can ever claim that foreign policy got better under any circumstances during Harper’s time.

The PC party not to be confused with the Conservative party can be found at http://pcparty.org

The fact is when examining all of this the Harper era was a very bad time for young people.
commented 2016-07-14 17:22:02 -0400
Remember Gazebogate and the Fake Lakes. It seems to me that Clement will not be a major candidate or even minor based on his track record being in the cabinet of the Conservative party.

The Conservative party will not even confront why they were thrown out of office and why Canadians wholeheartedly rejected their brand of politics and conservatism.

Canadians would be better to have a more open and honest and transparent party which is something that they campaigned on during the 2005-06 campaign. I still remember those days vividly and yet Rebel will not ever mention how they were found in contempt of parliament before being brought down in 2011.

These are things that the Conservatives will have to understand or else they will be in opposition for a relatively long time to come.

For now, Canadians should debate what party can truly be a closer alternative to the Conservative party and that is Sinclair Stevens’ Progressive Canadian party of Canada found at http://pcparty.org

Having a centralist party debating a non-interventionist and truly balanced foreign policy is necessary for unity of all Canadians going forward.
commented 2016-07-14 16:39:40 -0400
Hey Mikey Mann. I heard Ezra is going to dig up your real name and confirm who you are really working for, the CBC or the Liberal Party, or both. Be careful Mikey, you have one foot in the quicksand and the other is on a banana peel.
commented 2016-07-14 16:35:27 -0400
Tony Tony Tony. Give it up man. Just keep your mouth shut and you will do just fine. Every time you talk it just makes matters worse.
commented 2016-07-14 14:29:46 -0400
I like Tony. He seems to be a good Canadian, obviously capable, kind, and techy, Can’t see why he couldn’t be the PM. Lets see what things he sees as priorities and how he can work with the party to forward good gov’t.
With Justin in power now, anyone has a chance. So, Tony his is already way ahead.
commented 2016-07-14 14:25:27 -0400

Yes – Canadians don’t want true conservatism. The sooner you accept this about the country you live in, the better.
commented 2016-07-14 14:22:51 -0400
And he doesn’t have a hope in hell in beating Trudeau, so please make him your leader.
commented 2016-07-14 13:19:20 -0400
Andrew Scheer should throw his hat in the ring. He can certainly out smirk the “kid”. He still might be a little too young, but doesn’t have the arrogant tone of older established politicians.
commented 2016-07-14 12:51:25 -0400
John, you are saying that Canadians don’t want true conservatism and that Harper was an ‘anomaly’. I can’t agree. The NDP are toast and by the next election most Canadians will be fed up with junior. Canadians will accept a strong conservative again after the fairy dust ride with Justin. Hell, we are going to need to get serious to clean up the mess left. I think Canadians will see that. I don’t want a liberal lite conservative. No thanks.
commented 2016-07-14 12:34:21 -0400
I like Tony, I think he’s a stand up guy but he’s not a populist and he is not the leader we need to reunite Canada.
commented 2016-07-14 10:18:29 -0400
MacKay, Ambrose, Clement, Bernier – all Harper clones in the eyes of the Liberals and voting public. All doomed as party leader. O’Leary is a political flake. Need someone not tied to the Harper years – young, articulate in both Official languages, charismatic, confident, male or female and most importantly, sad to say, must be from Quebec. That is the political reality in this country and until such time as the Cons accept this they will be relegated to opposition for a very, very long time. Harper was an anomaly and only won because of the political backlash to ADSCAM and the Orange Crush in Quebec. Take those two determinants away and we are back to the same old, same old political landscape.
commented 2016-07-14 04:37:22 -0400
Jay, Rona has led a completely ineffectual opposition.
commented 2016-07-14 03:29:16 -0400
I still think Rona Ambrose should be allowed to run.
commented 2016-07-13 23:39:54 -0400
Liza: Pretty or Charismatic is much the same: qualities that do not equate to competence, however, a lot of “average” voters see Trudeau as pretty/charismatic. We see now that he is clearly lacking in competence.
Unfortunately in today’s world, you need charisma or looks, and preferably both in order to win an election. Competence aside, Clement is milk-toast, and would have a difficult time overcoming the public’s need to vote for a celebrity like JT. Now if Kevin O’Leary could speak French, his competence and charisma could defeat JT.
commented 2016-07-13 23:26:48 -0400
Will be watching Clement with interest. This will be an interesting race. Kelly Leitch may be a nice person, but she will never be leader of the conservative party, at least I hope not. Pierre wasn’t ‘pretty’. Its not really about pretty, its about some kind of charisma. A presence.
commented 2016-07-13 21:47:37 -0400
The gazebo man!
commented 2016-07-13 20:55:24 -0400
Clement and the others mentioned (except K. Leitch) are all (generally) old white men. They’re not “pretty” and effeminate like Trudeau. So while all these men would be great in cabinet, the Cons need a “Poster Girl/Boy” to lead the team into the next election. Kellie Leitch can lead that team unless another person so described can step forward to compete with the “pop idol” that is Justin Trudeau.
commented 2016-07-13 19:55:50 -0400
Tony would make a good party leader.