Boom and Bust

Former Canadian Minister of Industry and Health, The Honourable Tony Clement, investigates the complexities of Canadian and global political and economic systems and examines their effect on everyday Canadians.

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Housing Affordability

Housing Affordability

Tony is joined by David Clement, North American Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center, to help find a solution to Canada’s housing crisis

Setting the Table for the Ontario Election

Setting the Table for the Ontario Election

Tony welcomes Dr. Livio Matteo, professor of economy at Lakehead University, to examine some of the key issues heading the Ontario election including the aging workforce and lack of business investment

Promises Without Plans

Promises Without Plans

Tony welcomes Kevin Page, President and CEO of The Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, to dissect the latest federal budget and the reasons for Canada’s poor world ranking on future economic growth

Economic Problems and Solutions

Economic Problems and Solutions

Tony welcomes The Hon. Gary Mar, Former Alberta Cabinet Minister, and The Hon. Joe Oliver, Former Canadian Minister of Finance, for a discussion on the economic challenges facing the nation today

The Global Information War

The Global Information War

Tony is joined by Dr. Courtney Radsch, a fellow at the Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy at UCLA, as they discuss Russia’s misinformation strategy and global cyber-warfare

The West Is United

The West Is United

Former CIA Director, David Petraeus, joins Tony for a discussion on the many challenges facing the world today, and what Canada and the U.S. need to do to meet needs in Ukraine

Legacy News Media vs. Social Media

Legacy News Media vs. Social Media

Tony welcomes Peter Menzies, Senior Fellow at MLI, for an in-depth look at Bill C-18, aimed at forcing online outlets to pay news outlets for content.

Why Subsidizing Electric Vehicles Doesn’t Work

Why Subsidizing Electric Vehicles Doesn’t Work

Tony welcomes Jerome Gessaroli, from the BC Institute of Technology, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, for his views on whether the federal government’s $300 million dollar Zero Emissions Vehicles subsidy program is good value for taxpayers’ money.

The Arctic: Land of Great Challenges and Opportunities

The Arctic: Land of Great Challenges and Opportunities

Tony is joined by former Mayor of Iqaluit, and current President of the Ajungi Consulting Group, Madeleine Redfern, for a look into the current state of the Canadian Arctic as well geopolitical risks being imposed on the region by China and Russia.

How Online Retailers Preference Their Own Products

How Online Retailers Preference Their Own Products

Tony welcomes Vass Bednar, Executive Director of McMaster University’s Digital Society Program, and Robin Shaban, Consultant, Economic and Public Policy and Ph.D. Candidate at Carleton University, for a discussion on whether Canadian legislation is modernized enough to handle self-serving tactics by large online platforms to the detriment of consumers.

Why Canada’s Economists are Smiling

Why Canada’s Economists are Smiling

Our monthly panel of former federal and provincial ministers returns, to have an in-depth discussion of the latest federal budget announcement and the country’s reactions to the proposals therein.

Russia’s Campaign of Terror

Russia’s Campaign of Terror

Tony welcomes Marcus Kolga, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and an expert on east-European affairs, to discuss Russia’s ever-changing objectives in their invasion of Ukraine, and examine both Canada and NATO’s response to Russia’s actions.

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Tony Clement

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Tony Clement

The Honourable Tony Clement has had a long and distinguished career, spanning four decades in politics, law, and business.

Tony was a long-standing member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet (2006-2015). He served in a variety of senior roles including as Minister of Health, Industry, and as President of the Treasury Board. He was instrumental in creating the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Mental Health Commission, opening up the telecom market, crafting Canada’s digital and open data strategies, as well as balancing the federal budget.

Prior to federal politics Tony served in the cabinets of Ontario Premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves (1997-2003), taking leadership positions as Minister of Transportation, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

As a business entrepreneur he has led IT companies and has provided strategic advice both nationally and internationally. He continues to operate in international circles, with strong connections in the USA, UK, Europe, South America and Asia. He also currently hosts the podcast “And Another Thing”, with co-host Jodie Jenkins.