Conservative MP Tony Clement scales back duties, says he’s being extorted over sexually explicit images

Clement found himself in controversy in 2010 after the Conservative government invested some $50 million in infrastructure in his Muskoka riding, ostensibly for the G20 meeting. Critics argued that the projects, such as a particularly expensive gazebo, seemed to have little to do with the summit. Still, Clement has been a stalwart of Ontario Progressive Conservative and federal Conservative politics for decades.

He ran against Stephen Harper to lead the new Conservative Party back in 2004, and remains highly regarded at Queen’s Park, where he was a PC MPP from 1995 to 2003. He helped Premier Doug Ford’s successful election campaign earlier this year. Federally, while he joined Maxime Bernier’s leadership campaign in 2017, he still received a plum appointment to Scheer’s shadow cabinet.

Clement’s statement said he would stay on as MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

“First and foremost, I apologize to my family for the needless pain and humiliation my actions have caused,” Clement’s statement read. “I also apologize to my colleagues and my constituents for letting them down.”


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