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When persistence precedes essence


 

My colleague James Cowan has a profile of Tony Clement in the new Canadian Business. It’s framed around Clement’s attempts to maintain his conservative principles in a government that has none. The piece is interesting throughout, largely because it gives a good sense of how Clement perceives himself, but I found this quotation from the minister on cabinet solidarity particularly interesting:

“We obviously work as a team,” the minister says. “I have never, so far, found a case where I have been in such disagreement with the eventual outcome that I’ve posed the existential question about whether I will continue with the ministry or not.”

After the summer and fall he has had, in which, among other things, he hung a career public servant out to dry, engaged in an orgy of truthiness, and then, most recently, allowed himself to be completely rolled by the prime minister over the Potash deal, it is worth asking the obvious question of the minister:

Mr. Clement, what would lead you to pose the existential question?

 


 
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  1. It's strange that nobody seems willing to accept the word of such a 'principled' Minister that the Potash decision was 'his alone'.

    Also, Harry.

  2. It's strange that nobody seems willing to accept the word of such a 'principled' Minister that the Potash decision was 'his alone'.

    Also, Harry.

  3. Mr. Clement, what would lead you to pose the existential question?

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    The possibility of lucrative work outside government, perhaps?

  4. Mr. Clement, what would lead you to pose the existential question?

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    The possibility of lucrative work outside government, perhaps?

  5. Probably if Harper ordered Clement to report to work in a pink mini-skirt, he'd give a few seconds thought to it…before heading to the mall.

  6. Probably if Harper ordered Clement to report to work in a pink mini-skirt, he'd give a few seconds thought to it…before heading to the mall.

  7. "Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others." ~ Groucho Marx

    I assume it was meant to be a clever quip by Marx but Cons seem to have adopted it to guide them on how to govern.

  8. "Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others." ~ Groucho Marx

    I assume it was meant to be a clever quip by Marx but Cons seem to have adopted it to guide them on how to govern.

    • That is there guiding principle.

      And people claim they have no more principles.

  9. I'm sure there are times when taking a principled stand has crossed Mr. Clement's mind.

    But then Mr. Harper comes along with a friendly hand on the shoulder and whispers in his ear "you're doing a heckuva job, Tony." A shy, 'aw shucks' kind of smile spreads over Mr. Clements face, he feels all warm and fuzzy inside and the thought of quitting on his best friend is the furthest thing from his mind.

    Tony is left with pleasant thoughts of how great it is to be a part of a team. Harper walks away softly chuckling, a barely audible "sucker" passing his lips.

  10. I'm sure there are times when taking a principled stand has crossed Mr. Clement's mind.

    But then Mr. Harper comes along with a friendly hand on the shoulder and whispers in his ear "you're doing a heckuva job, Tony." A shy, 'aw shucks' kind of smile spreads over Mr. Clements face, he feels all warm and fuzzy inside and the thought of quitting on his best friend is the furthest thing from his mind.

    Tony is left with pleasant thoughts of how great it is to be a part of a team. Harper walks away softly chuckling, a barely audible "sucker" passing his lips.

  11. I'm just happy he trimmed his sideburns and the overgrown greasy hair over the ears look.

    Tweets? He's got the PPG in the palm of his thumbs.

  12. I'm just happy he trimmed his sideburns and the overgrown greasy hair over the ears look.

    Tweets? He's got the PPG in the palm of his thumbs.

  13. That is there guiding principle.

    And people claim they have no more principles.

  14. "After the summer and fall he has had, in which, among other things, he hung a career public servant out to dry, engaged in an orgy of truthiness, and then, most recently, allowed himself to be completely rolled by the prime minister over the Potash deal…"

    Huh. Seems to me he's got a spotless record in maintaining his conservative "principles".

  15. "After the summer and fall he has had, in which, among other things, he hung a career public servant out to dry, engaged in an orgy of truthiness, and then, most recently, allowed himself to be completely rolled by the prime minister over the Potash deal…"

    Huh. Seems to me he's got a spotless record in maintaining his conservative "principles".

  16. Well, that's one way to put it. Maybe if you look at things in a different light . . .

    No, actually, if you turn off the light . . . ahhh, now that's better. Now we can't see all the bad things and now we can talk as if they don't exist!

  17. Well, that's one way to put it. Maybe if you look at things in a different light . . .

    No, actually, if you turn off the light . . . ahhh, now that's better. Now we can't see all the bad things and now we can talk as if they don't exist!

  18. Dear Mr Clement

    If a principle falls in the forest and no one there questions it, does it make a sound?

  19. Dear Mr Clement

    If a principle falls in the forest and no one there questions it, does it make a sound?

  20. What would cause him to pose that question? Isn't it obvious? A cut in his ministerial pay.

  21. What would cause him to pose that question? Isn't it obvious? A cut in his ministerial pay.

  22. Mr Potter, grow up.

  23. Mr Potter, grow up.