May 07, 2016

Tony Clement: Canadians will reject Trudeau’s “celebrity politics” “when the bills start to come in”

Rebel Staff

Former Conservative cabinet minister -- and possible future party leader -- Tony Clement joined me in studio for a wide ranging conversation.

He had a lot to say about "celebrity politics" as embodied by Justin Trudeau, and predicts voters will tire of all the yoga poses and Vogue spreads and start asking why the Liberals aren't confronting the real issues.

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commented 2016-05-09 22:43:25 -0400
“Canadians will reject Trudeau’s “celebrity politics” when the bills start to come in”

Won’t happen because the socialists believe in bloated governments and high taxes. For them a PM with a good head of hair and a sparkling smile is what they want, damn economics – who cares about national debt management and finances, just raise taxes or invent new fees if the fed government needs more cash. Need proof? Look at Ontario, two credit downgrades and the socialists don’t care because they still have their share of the cookies. It is not going to change until the cookie jar is empty (both federally and provincially) and the kiddies have no choice but to look for something more meaningful than celebrity politics to fix the mess.

John are you paid by the word or are you trying to invent a cure for insomnia?
commented 2016-05-09 02:05:38 -0400
I find it unbelievable that the right wing neoliberals on here simply do not know basic politics, structures and have shown themselves to be quite easily led and close-minded which is exactly why they lost in 2015 in October and why they have to scramble and are very much lost and could be out for 8 to 13 years or even longer. I say join the club because minor parties have been that way forever.

I think that we need a meritocracy. Everything that Clement talked about Harper did for 9 years jetting off to the UN, Israel and other places. He acted like a celebrity as well. To suggest he didn’t is just trying to make Trudeau into completely different, when Trudeau just started his tenure around Christmas. People like to forget easily after they lose but the records are there for all to see.

I am not a Liberal or NDP supporter but to understand where parties come from you need to know what they did in the past. Harper and his party did omnibus bills stuffed with nonsense which is very anti-democratic and unlike what the Tories promised back in the campaign of 2005-06 before they got into power. They promised openness, transparency and accountability which they failed to deliver. Tax cuts can work in some cases but I do not believe they are the only way to build economic policy. You need balance with government steering the majority of the economic policy because of tariffs and protectionism. Nationalists believe this and this is what right wing, left wing, centrist and far-left and far-right protectionists tend to believe. They want economic policy to be stated by the government and small businesses goes around that with corporations being reduced.

Everything else Clement suggested were just talking points with lack of substance. I believe families want a balance in how legislation is formed and with how the economy is run. Extreme tax cuts are the problem mixed with reduced legislation because we saw that sort of action during the Bush years with the financial crisis stemming from that with very little job creation. Even the corporate tax cuts did not result in anything meaningful. Which is why Canada should abandon NAFTA, TPP, and the other overreaching free trade agreements. The Liberals and NDP have bought into these agreements. It is time for anti-globalism in Canada!
commented 2016-05-09 01:48:10 -0400
People like you Drew believe that any sort of statism is communism when socialism is workers controlling the means of production much like communism which bans private property outright. Nationalism does not involve massive union membership, and it does not call for banning private property. Nationalism is protecting sovereignty and it is about the nation-state being important above all else. In fact, union membership since the 1970s has dropped considerably. Corporations have taken a major role since NAFTA in 1988, so if capitalism is to fail in its current form it will be because of reckless greed and the political mainstream doing nothing to stop these crises, and letting these crises persist. Nationalism is a system which can be left, centre or right or far-left or far-right.

What do you say about even right wing nationalists advocating for protectionism? Does that make them socialist? No, it does not because you can be nationalist and left wing. That is why the SNP in Scotland holds the Scottish parliament. National Socialism is a far-right ideology which scapegoats, is anti-immigrant and is for protectionism and a strong military state, and even Hitler’s Nazi Party was for Christianity as the state religion. Many like to deny this on the right but it is true. Understanding history is what is key to knowing how each ideology can fair with the political position in the spectrum. Many on Rebel do not know this. They believe any form of statism is socialism, when they work differently based on the political position they occupy. Nazis were very anti-Marxist and anti-Communist and anti-Socialist. That tells you all you need to know. I am a centrist nationalist that values fiscal responsibility, social progress and protectionism to build up the jobs market and give young Canadians a better future. The other lie which has to be called out is everyone works hard. It is the economic structure that exists which is detrimental to certain people. To suggest people do not work hard is patting yourself on the back and only suggests that they just need to work harder to attain what you have which is selfishness and hatred for people not like you. That is the problem with greed and it is why nationalism is the best way to fix our crumbling institutions and the current form of capitalism. It is no wonder Trump is gaining with his right wing nationalism. Trump understands that the system we have is not good for the long term. I agree.
commented 2016-05-09 01:32:52 -0400
RT America has independence. It is suggested on multiple pages that have no connection to RT that reporters, commentators and contributors have their own independent freedom.

What Rebel and prior to that Sun News have suggested is that Putin and his United Russia party give the orders. That is a complete lie. They are given independent freedom to cover the news and they do quite a good job at it. They do such a good job in fact that many people have left the mainstream networks and to say truthfully Rebel is stuck in the past because they want to protect their own version of the elites which are the Conservative MPs and PC MPPs from across the country. I am by no means a Liberal or NDP supporter. In fact, I would describe myself as a Progressive Canadian party (PC party) member, United Party member and Canadian Action party member. I hold three memberships and these parties are for the most part centrist or close to centre, with two being neoliberal parties and the Canadian Action party being a centrist to centre-left nationalist party.

Canada has always had media freedom but I would say that mainstream networks including Rebel cover pet issues and not the whole news. It is no wonder people are losing faith in their institutions. This can only change with real media freedom and more smaller networks and more minor parties. That will fix the landscape. Rebel is part of the problem in that sense!
commented 2016-05-09 01:27:40 -0400
John S you would prefer KGB channel i guess.
commented 2016-05-09 01:27:19 -0400
Well Rebel only talks about pet issues which matter to the organization. It is not my fault they refuse to cover what legitimate networks like RT are covering which are much bigger and now found in hotel rooms across the world while Fox News, CNN and US networks are going down. Face it Rebel is a “Conservative party” mouthpiece and it only wants PCs and CONs at all provincial and at the federal level when there is no much more than spin, right wing bigotry, hate, lies and propaganda.

Talk about hypocrisy coming from you Andrew.

I bet you never knew that Germany is sending troops to the Baltic states. I guess you will have to find that out on the fact-finding RT and Press TV, which are networks that do their homework. Rebel wants you to rely on their opinion which is not news or factual.

The Internet outfit is just a propaganda outfit.

What you said, Andrew, does not change the fact that the Conservatives added 150 billion to the nation debt and Clement also had fake lakes built in his riding of Parry Sound – Muskoka, as well as the G20 boondoggle.
commented 2016-05-09 01:26:53 -0400
John S you do not know what the truth is , you are full of it like usual. Stick your warmed over communist BS, it doe snot work.
commented 2016-05-08 19:39:03 -0400
I stumped a “friend” the other day when I suggested she get off her ass and find some work so she can start paying taxes to help pay for all the refugees … sorry “newcomers” … she was so excited about.
commented 2016-05-08 14:53:31 -0400
John Siciliano commented 1 hour ago
Clement is simply another career politician and Rebel has shown themselves to be a network which never tells the truth and is going the way of Fox News, MSNBC and other networks in the United States.

commented 2016-05-08 13:28:58 -0400
Clement is simply another career politician and Rebel has shown themselves to be a network which never tells the truth and is going the way of Fox News, MSNBC and other networks in the United States.

They miss key issues such as Germany sending troops to the Baltic states which could trigger WW3. They accept the stories related to the situations regarding terrorism without hesitation or questioning and they accept everything based on that since it conforms with their philosophy. That is the honest truth. What Rebel should be doing is trying to be honest about what type of conservatives are running for the Tory race. There is no protectionist conservative running on the Conservative ticket or leadership which many have argued that O’Leary is a Trump-like figure but he is promoting more of the same failed economic policy of free trade and race to the bottom.

The Trump phenomenon and his change in economic policy will cause many changes in how parties are governed across the West, but to be honest if Trump’s party truly institute anti-free trade policies the globalist free trade agenda is over.

Check out the Canadian Action party to see a Canadian nationalist, protectionist, anti-globalist, anti-war and slightly anti-immigration party at

This party called the Canadian Action party will help Canada get a hold of its moderate to high debt and will be talk and real action for the jobs crisis impacting Millenials which many ignore and a lot of the problems with jobs still go back to 2008-09 with the financial crisis. Even Harper and Flaherty throughout their tenure for those 9 years admitted times were volatile. That tells you everything you need to know about how volatile and poor our global economy truly is due to free trade. Harper even called himself a globalist. The fact is with protectionism Canada will have secure and jobs for all. It is not communist or socialist which are union-centered, but it will be a system to truly help employ the majority of Canadians.
commented 2016-05-08 13:21:19 -0400
The problem with Rebel is there is simply too much like-minded groupthink because the fact is the Conservative party added 150 billion dollars to the national debt and Trudeau is expected to add about the same.

All parties are all talk and no action and Clement is just part of the party and as such will never speak ill of the systems that the Conservative party had and still has and that is why we need to follow the Trump phenomenon and have a truly protectionist party at the federal level.

After all, Trump is going down that route and it is silly for Canada to follow free trade with the US most likely going down the protectionist route. It makes the Conservative philosophy one that is passe. This also is true with the Liberals and the NDP, who have accepted NAFTA and will not remove it. With that being said, I think Canadians should embrace the Canadian nationalist, protectionist and anti-globalist and slightly anti-immigration Canadian Action party found at
commented 2016-05-08 12:27:36 -0400
Lawrence O’byrne said: “i was fed up with turdo the day he got elected”

I was fed up with him BEFORE he got elected. With the help of the CBC and other MSM, eastern voters will continue to worship this charlatan regardless of how bad things get……..after all, they can always blame Harper! Right?
commented 2016-05-07 19:47:44 -0400
Trudeau is a clown, the problem is, the people who are controlling him, are not clowns.

Welcome to Canadistan.
commented 2016-05-07 17:22:46 -0400
When he goes can we send every Liberal voter with him to exile.
commented 2016-05-07 16:07:04 -0400
I also think Tony would be a good pick for the Tories.
commented 2016-05-07 14:47:07 -0400
Sometimes it seems like an impossible fight against the socialists. They flood every aspect of Canadian society with their filth and immorality. It gets discouraging.

We need someone like Tony Clement as the new CPC leader. He is an intelligent and good conservative man who would make an excellent Prime Minister.

Good luck, Tony. You have my support should you decide to run for party leadership.
commented 2016-05-07 14:30:54 -0400
When Canada defaults financially, stupid, naive, gullible Canadians may finally wake up.
commented 2016-05-07 14:22:35 -0400
Tony, you are forgetting the millions who are directly benefit from Justin’s ‘social’ policies. The will continue to vote for him as long as the money flows.
commented 2016-05-07 14:05:54 -0400
I really hope this is true as well but fear there are enough special interest groups who have been bought off with tru dough to keep spinning his angle as long as their pom palms are getting greased. As long as the CBC has to worry about the return of the conservatives and cuts to their propaganda bureau w cannot count on them to give us anything but a soft serve of any negative news. They will stop focusing on his handsomeness as those kind of candy floss stories do not fly during economic hardship but no doubt they will try to blame the previous administration for spending too little too late as their escape hatch.
commented 2016-05-07 13:43:13 -0400
While I hope it is true, the people living in this once great country have become spoiled, entitled and smug snowflakes.

Not enough people around who care any more.

I have my doubts.
commented 2016-05-07 13:42:50 -0400
i was fed up with turdo the day he got elected
commented 2016-05-07 13:25:51 -0400
I have always respected Tony Clements as a understated stand-up guy who had never been afraid to speak truth to power – I think it apropos he term’s Trudeau’s political style as substanceless celebrity politics – while PM Selfie places value and identifies with runway striptease acts, Clement remains a quiet unpretentious real life hero -