Since his election to the House of Commons, Mr. Clement had previously served on the front benches as both Minister of Health and Minister of Industry, playing a lead role in getting Canada’s economy back on track after the most significant global economic recession since the 1930s.
On May 2nd, 2011 Mr. Clement was re-elected for a third consecutive time. Shortly after his re-election, Mr. Clement was asked by the Prime Minister to take on the responsibilities of President of the Treasury Board. In this capacity, Mr. Clement will lead the development and implementation of a cross-government spending review – looking at transformational ways to support and deliver services to tax payers in the most effective and efficient means possible. This follows through on the Government’s commitment to Canadians to eliminate the deficit and continue to strengthen the economy.
Mr. Clement also has the special responsibility of Minister for FedNor, the federal economic development agency for Northern Ontario. In this role, Mr. Clement focuses on creating jobs and economic growth for those living in the region.
Within the federal government, he has chaired five different Committees of Cabinet and serves on the Priorities and Planning Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Clement’s dedication to public service spans three decades. During his eight years as an Ontario MPP he held prominent Cabinet positions in the Ontario government, including Minister of Health and Minister of the Environment.
During his private sector career, Mr. Clement has been a lawyer, a business board member and a small business owner and entrepreneur. He’s had to meet a payroll and achieve his business targets.
As an immigrant to this country, Mr Clement wishes to instill a strong work ethic he learned from his parents with his three children. His wife Lynne joins him in this life’s work. Mr. Clement is passionate about his family, his community, and Canada. His current attempt to master rock guitar is still a work in progress – meaning there are no imminent career-change plans.