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CanadaEverything We Know About the Tony Clement Allegations

21:53  08 november  2018
21:53  08 november  2018 Source:   flare.com

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Tony Peter Clement (born January 27, 1961) is a Canadian federal politician and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound—Muskoka in Ontario.

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While we not so patiently waited on US midterm election results on the evening of November 6, another story broke closer to home. Tony Clement, a well-known and long-serving Conservative MP, resigned from some of his duties and said he was being blackmailed after sending an unknown party “sexually explicit” photographs and a video. In a statement, Clement that he sent the images believing the recipient was a consenting female.

However, it turns out that the recepient—according to Clement’s statement—was “an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion”—and that an RCMP investigation is underway.

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“The first time Tony Clement dm'd me it was after 1am and I was Chair of the [Toronto] Youth Cabinet. There - said it,” tweeted a woman named Claire McWatt. “What grown-ass, elected Parliamentarian wants to chit-chat with a 23 year old girl on Twitter at 1 am about the Rob Ford scandal, just casually?

On November 7, Clement resigned from a number of his roles on parliamentary Committees  and left the Conservative Party’s caucus at Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s request.

“I took him at his word that this was an isolated incident. Since then, there have been numerous reports of other incidents, allegations,” Scheer told reporters at the House of Commons that day. “New information became available today that suggests that there are allegations that this is not an isolated incident, and therefore I asked Tony to resign from caucus, and he has done so.”

As of press time, it’s unclear what exactly the “new information” is that Scheer referenced. What we do know is that Clement, 57, seems to have been “aggressively liking” women’s posts on Instagram for a while, according to several women on Twitter as well as a CBC interview with Canadian journalist Kim Fox.

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Let’s break this down.

Who is Tony Clement?
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Clement has been involved in Canadian politics since the 1990s, having served at various times as Minister of Transportation, Minister of Health and Long Term Care and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He currently remains MP for Ontario’s Parry Sound-Muskoka riding. (After being asked to leave the Conservative caucus, he is now an Independent.)

Clement—who is 57 and married—is also known for his social media presence. Up until recently, he has been prolific on Twitter and Instagram and has posted pictures of himself photoshopped onto Drake’s Scorpio album cover and, for some reason, at the dentist.

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Multiple women say he’s been inappropriate on Instagram

Soon after Clement issued his statement, several women wrote on Twitter that he had interacted with them on Instagram.

One woman with the Twitter handle Chronically Sarah said that Clement is known for acting like a “friend” and then “turns it sexual.” She also said he tends to message women in their early to mid-twenties.

“All the girls raise their hand if Tony tried anything with you. ME,” she said.

Claire McWatt also said on Twitter that the first time Clement messaged her was “after 1am and I was Chair of the Youth Cabinet.” She goes on to say that she was 23 and that his behaviour was NOT appropriate, least of all for an MP.

And in an interview on CBC Radio’s As It Happens, Canadian journalist Kim Fox told CBC host Carol Off that three or four years ago, Clement would frequently leave a “barrage of likes” on her Instagram account, behaviour she says that other female colleagues of hers also experienced.

Whatever the case, extortion is never OK

There’s a lot we still *don’t* know about the Tony Clement allegations, but one thing that is certain, stresses Ottawa-based public educator and activist Julie Lalonde, is that being extorted for nude photographs is plain wrong.

When you send a nude pic, you’re giving your consent to the person who is receiving it and usually no one else (unless specified). You trust that photo will stay with the intended party. Consent is obviously removed if the person turns out to be a third party looking to blackmail you.

COMPLEXITY: Get into it!

Tony Clement can be both a creep and someone who has been victimized.

We can, and should, call out how women have known for years that he is trash. We can, and should, also condemn being extorted for their nudes.


“It sends a bad message to victims [if we act like extortion is OK]”, Lalonde says.

But that obviously doesn’t mean Clement can’t be criticized for his online behaviour. If a stranger is making you uncomfortable on social media, you’re allowed to be upset. And their actions don’t have to be illegal to cross the line. (To be clear, Clement has not been charged with any crime at this time.)

“We have a right to set a boundary regardless if it meets a legal threshold,” Lalonde says, adding that women should always feel able to call out bad behaviour.

For a politician who seemingly prides himself on being social media savvy, Clement should have known that an older, powerful man messaging young women late at night is, at the absolute least, creepy (and also creates an unfair power dynamic). But perhaps what’s the most shocking about his behaviour is the fact he appeared to think it would go unchecked.

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Conservative MP Tony Clement resigns Commons duties over sexting scandal.
Longtime Conservative MP Tony Clement is resigning his post as his party's justice critic after admitting to sharing sexually explicit images and a video with an individual online. This Week's Circulars require(["c.deferred"], function () { require({ js: '//api.circularhub.com/msn/module.loader.min.js' }); }); "Over the last three weeks, I have shared sexually explicit images and a video of myself to someone who I believed was a consenting female recipient. The recipient was, in fact, an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion," Clement said in a press statement.

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