Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement announced that he would not run for re-election in the upcoming election in a statement on April 2.
Clement said he will complete his current term to the election date, but he will not run for MP in the upcoming election. He said that politics has changed so much since he was first elected in 1995 and that anyone who enters the political life faces “loneliness, anxieties and adversity” but also “triumph and a feeling of accomplishing something important.” Clement returned to the House of Commons in February, apologizing for “the damage he had done” after sending sexually explicit images to a woman, who he later identified as an extortionist in a statement on Nov. 6. Many locals took to social media following the scandal, encouraging Clement to resign and leave politics completely.
“This was actually not a difficult decision, and it is also the right one,” Clement said in the statement on April 2. “I am very content with it, as is my family. It’s time to move on. My personal life is back on track after the personal crisis I created, and that better lived life will continue.”
He mentioned years spent at the cabinet table working on health issues and budgeting issues as well as his time as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Brampton and Mississauga.
Clement has been an activist for the Conservative party for 44 years in addition to acting as a party president in Ontario and nationally. He participated in 13 Ontario elections and 12 federal elections, winning six general elections and losing two.
Clement thanked his friends, family and supporters in addition to politicians like Premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He said working in Parry-Sound Muskoka was “a dream job and there has been no higher honour.”
To read the full statement, click here. To read more about the scandal, read the article below.