“This is where if you do the right thing — first of all, I don’t want to speculate too much but obviously what we’re looking at in some cases are reduct—,” Clement said before catching himself, concerned he was tipping his hand.
Since the G20 funding thing came to light, I've been taking a bit of a deeper look into Tony Clement and what makes him tick. He's gregarious, free with his time and very open to direct engagement; he's also a risk-taker, sometimes when the odds are pretty demonstrably not in his favour. From a direct back-and-forth via Twitter, I think he honestly believes he has done no wrong over funding for his riding.
Oh - and in a Harper Government that is into strict message control, he's a guy that can barely control himself from being chatty. All around, he seems like the kind of guy who'd be interesting to have a beer and a conversation with. Clement probably has lots of ideas rolling around in that pre-frontal cortex of his.
He's yet another example of just how much cognitive frameworks impact our daily lives, whether we choose to acknowledge the fact or not.