When ministers of the crown tweet

After QP this afternoon, Liberal MP John McCallum tweeted a little mockery of Tony Clement.

JohnMcCallumMP Minister Raitt responded directly to allegations against her, why does @tonyclementCPC stay seated when he is asked about his conduct?

TonyclementCPC @JohnMcCallumMP The Minister who made the decisions on G8 funding answers the questions in Parliament: John Baird.

JohnMcCallumMP @TonyclementCPC Does this mean you will not answer G8 Legacy Fund questions at your long-awaited appearance before committee?

As of this typing, Mr. Clement has not responded to this last provocation.

The minister’s argument here is that, though he and his mayors came up with the list of projects to be funded and though he took questions during QP about the G8 Legacy Fund a year ago and though he took questions about the G8 Legacy Fund from reporters in the House foyer last month, since it was Mr. Baird who, in his previous portfolio, signed off on the funding of those projects, it is thus now Mr. Baird’s responsibility to stand inside the House and account for the spending.




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When ministers of the crown tweet

  1. Clement seems to have his own witness protection  program. 

  2. Standard behaviour. Find someone else to blame.

  3. The Minister who made the decisions on G8 funding answers the questions in Parliament: John Baird.
     Not even Viagra could make that answer stand up

  4. Great.  So inane, ultra-partisan taunts on twitter are going to replace inane, ultra-partisan taunts in Question Period. 

    I don’t really see this as an advance.

    • Clement feels more of an obligation to answer a question on Twitter than in QP.  That is definitely not an advance.

  5. When he sits down before the committee, it will be as president of the treasury board – a representative of the office that made the decisions, if not the actual person.

    Of course, he’s been sitting in QP in that capacity for a while now and still managed to defer questions.

    • I can tell you the bulk of his responses right now.

      “With regard to the G8 funding, that will have to be addressed with the Minister who made the decision.”

  6. “As of this typing, Mr. Clement has not responded to this last provocation.”

    It takes time to sugar-coat “That appearance will happen when hell freezes over.”

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