Tony Peter Clement, PC, MP (born January 27, 1961) is a Canadian federal politician, President of the Treasury Board, Minister for the Federal Economic Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) and Member of Parliament of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Clement had previously served as an Ontario cabinet minister; most recently as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care under premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.
Moving to federal politics, he was a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada after its formation from the merger of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties in 2003, but ultimately lost to Stephen Harper. 2006 federal election, defeating incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Andy Mitchell. The Conservatives formed government in the election and Clement was appointed Minister of Health and Minister for FedNor. FedNor is an initiative with the prerogative to aid rural communities in Northern Ontario. Projects so far include a $2.7 million gas pipeline to the Goldcorp mines in Red Lake.
Clement won the seat of Parry Sound—Muskoka in the
Among others his most famous controversy includes using 50 million dollars of tax payers money that was meant for the G8 and border issues on his own riding. This was done by misleading the Canadian parliament about the purpose of the funds and once the opposition became aware of this deception, the 50 million dollars became known as Clement's slush fund.
" In her final report, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser said last spring it is clear the Conservative government broke the rules by using the border fund in Muskoka and complained that there was no paperwork to determine how the hundreds of proposals were narrowed to 32."
Clement was born Tony Peter Panayi in Manchester, England, the son of Carol (née Drapkin) and Peter Panayi. As a student at the University of Toronto, he was elected twice, both as an undergraduate and as a law student, to the university's Governing Council. He was also president of the campus Progressive Conservatives. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Clement completed degrees in political science in 1983 and law in 1986. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.
Clement became president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 1990 and was a close ally of then-party leader Mike Harris. He ran, unsuccessfully, for Metro Toronto Council in 1994, losing to future mayor David Miller in the ward of Parkdale-High Park. He served as Harris' Assistant Principal Secretary from 1992 to 1995 and played a leading role in drafting policy directives for the Common Sense Revolution. Clement was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the provincial election of 1995. On February 8, 2001, Clement was appointed Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Minister of Health
One of Clement's first initiatives as Minister of Health was establishing the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent not-for-profit organization committed to combating this disease and improve patient quality of life.In 2006, Clement launched the Public Health Scholarship and Capacity Building Initiative — on-going scholarships supporting public health training and positions across Canada. Furthermore in 2006, he announced the $1-billion compensation package for pre-1986/post-1990 forgotten victims of the tainted blood scandal, who were neglected in the 1998 settlement agreement.
Minister of Industry
On October 30, 2008, Clement was sworn into the office of Industry Minister. This included the appointment to the Office of the Registrar General of Canada.
President of the Treasury board
Shortly after the May 2, 2011 election, Clement was asked by the Prime Minister to be the President of the Treasury Board. His role includes the management of government; in order for Cabinet-approved policies and programs to be implemented, they must be approved by the Treasury Board.As President of the Treasury Board and part of the Conservative Party of
Canada's election platform, Clement has been tasked with leading a government-wide spending review and is also spearheading broader cost containment changes within government.
April 3, 2012