The Honourable Tony Clement is the President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor. Since 2006, he has served as the Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Parry Sound Muskoka.
In the House of Commons, Mr. Clement has served on the front benches as both Minister of Health and Minister of Industry. He played a leading role in Canada’s economic recovery after the most significant global economic recession since the 1930s.
On May 2, 2011, Mr. Clement was re-elected for a third consecutive time. Soon afterward, the Prime Minister asked him to take on the responsibilities of President of the Treasury Board.
In this capacity, Mr. Clement heads the development and implementation of a cross-government spending review looking at transformational ways to support and deliver services to taxpayers in the most effective and efficient means possible. This work follows through on the Government of Canada’s commitment to eliminate the deficit, balance the budget and continue to strengthen the economy.
As President of the Treasury Board, Mr. Clement has also made policies of open government and government modernization top priorities. He is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to make government more accountable and transparent.
A well-known user of social media, he is a promoter of its use by government as a tool to reach growing numbers of Canadians.
Mr. Clement has a special responsibility as Minister for FedNor, the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In this role, he focuses on creating jobs and economic growth for those living in the region.
Within the federal government, Mr. Clement has chaired five different committees of Cabinet. He currently serves on the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning, led by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Clement’s dedication to public service spans three decades. He spent eight years as an Ontario MPP, holding prominent Cabinet positions in the provincial government, such as Minister of Health and Minister of the Environment.
During his private-sector career, Mr. Clement was a lawyer, business board member and small business owner and entrepreneur. He understands the challenges people in these fields face, such as meeting payrolls and achieving business targets.
Mr. Clement is passionate about Canada and his community but also about his family. As a child, he emigrated to this country from England.
Today, he strives to instil in his three children the strong work ethic he learned from his parents. His wife, Lynne, joins him in the challenges and joys – of parenthood.