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Old 09-22-2011, 08:33 PM   #263 (permalink)

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the continuing saga:

“Putting it in context, this was one of the largest and most outrageous pork barrel spending sprees in memory. Tony Clement was certainly a huge political player because of the amount of largesse he was throwing around,” Mr. Angus said. “So, what was he doing suggesting jobs in municipalities?”

On Aug. 10, 2008, Mr. Clement sent an e-mail from his account at Health Canada, where he was then the minister, to Vern Freedlander which discussed the G8 and said: “Would you like to be retained by the town?”

After Mr. Freedlander expressed some interest, his e-mail was sent to Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty who replied: “I am emailing Vern now.”

Mr. Clement then replied: “Good stuff!”

Calls to Mr. Clement’s office were returned by the staff of John Baird, the Foreign Affairs Minister. “This issue has been thoroughly aired,” said Chris Day, a spokesman for Mr. Baird.

Mr. Angus said he was hoping to get a response directly from Mr. Clement because it seems “highly unusual that the Minister has, out of the blue, asked someone if they are interested in getting a job and then calls the mayor and the mayor says he’ll get on it.”
NDP accuses Tony Clement of ‘ward boss’ politics - The Globe and Mail
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