Cle­ment quits Con­ser­va­tive shadow cab­i­net af­ter shar­ing ex­plicit pho­tos, video

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Ot­tawa: Long­time MP Tony Cle­ment has re­signed from the Con­ser­va­tive shadow cab­i­net af­ter he shared ex­plicit sex­ual im­ages and a video of him­self elec­tron­i­cally.

Cle­ment says the im­ages were sent in the last three weeks and he be­lieved they were go­ing to a “con­sent­ing fe­male.” How­ever he now says the per­son was try­ing to ex­tort him and he has asked the RCMP to in­ves­ti­gate. “I rec­og­nize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have ex­er­cised very poor judg­ment,” Cle­ment said in a state­ment Tues­day. Con­ser­va­tive Party Leader An­drew Scheer said he has ap­pointed Lisa Raitt to take over for Cle­ment as the jus­tice critic for now.

“While I’m greatly dis­ap­pointed with Mr. Cle­ment’s ac­tions, I am en­cour­aged that he has de­cided to seek help and I wish him all the best in do­ing so,” Scheer said. The RCMP con­firmed it had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Cle­ment and was cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, but did not com­ment fur­ther. Cle­ment is re­sign­ing his com­mit­tee roles as well, but will stay in the Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus. Cle­ment, 57, has been one of the pil­lars of the Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus for more than a decade, and be­fore that was a se­nior mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial party in On­tario. He was a cab­i­net min­is­ter for the en­tirety of Stephen Harper’s near-decade long ten­ure as prime min­is­ter, and was a cab­i­net min­is­ter at the pro­vin­cial level be­fore that.

He says he is sorry to his fam­ily, his party and his con­stituents for his be­hav­iour.

“I am com­mit­ted to seek­ing the help and treat­ment I need in my per­sonal life to make sure this will not hap­pen again while also con­tin­u­ing to dis­charge my du­ties as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment,” he wrote. Cle­ment was twice a can­di­date for the fed­eral party lead­er­ship and also ran for the pro­vin­cial Tory lead­er­ship in On­tario once. He dropped out of the most re­cent lead­er­ship con­test early on and en­dorsed Maxime Bernier.

Cle­ment is one of the most rec­og­niz­able MPS as well as one of the heav­i­est users of so­cial me­dia. He is a fre­quent poster on Twit­ter. It has oc­ca­sion­ally landed him in trou­ble be­fore, in­clud­ing when he had to apol­o­gize af­ter curs­ing at a 15-year-old on the plat­form.

He is mar­ried to lawyer and au­thor Lynne Gold­ing.

Tony Cle­ment

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