On third thought


Tony Clement, July 18Sudbury is better off now than it was two and a half years ago when Vale Inco Ltd. bought the former Inco Ltd., says Canada’s Industry minister. If the Brazilian-owned Companhia Vale do Rio Doce hadn’t bought it, Inco would “not exist, it would have been closed down, it would have been liquidated if there wasn’t a buyer,” said Tony Clement in a telephone interview late Friday afternoon. “There was going to be no buyer, there were going to be no jobs, there weren’t going to be any capital investments, there was going to be no employer,” said Clement. “That was the Valley of Death that Sudbury faced.”

Tony Clement, July 22Amid a sea of anger, federal Industry Minister Tony Clement stood his ground Tuesday over comments he made about the sale of Inco in Sudbury back in 2006 … “I think it’s an accurate comment and I’m not sure what all the hubbub is about quite frankly,” Clement said in Calgary.

Tony Clement, July 24Industry Minister Tony Clement says he made “a pretty bone-headed remark” to The Sudbury Star last week when he said Sudbury was facing becoming the “Valley of Death” if Vale Inco had not purchased Inco … “Like every other human being, sometimes you say things” that weren’t what you meant to say, said the minister.


On third thought

  1. Heavens to Betsy! Did a cabinet minister just publicly admit to being wrong?

    There may yet be hope for the future…

  2. " ”Like every other human being, sometimes you say things” that weren't what you meant to say, "

    Usually, when people misspeak, they don't go out of their way to introduce oh-so-clever quips: "Vale….Valley of Death…Get it?"

    Oh, well. At least Tony still has his good looks to fall back on.

  3. Didn't happen in the Trawna – Ottawa – Montreal Axis of Evil. So it didn't happen.

  4. See, they need to take a course in apologizing.
    Step 1: Don't do/say anything that requires an apology afterward.
    Step 2: If there was a problem with step 1, DO NOT spend a day justifying, arguing, repeating whatever it was.
    Step 3: If there was a problem with step 1, apologize–swiftly and sincerely–but not at length.

  5. Tony admits what many of us have been saying all along: that he's a bonehead.