He threw down the gauntlet, by telling them they can always vote him out.
That's just the point Tony. We can't. You shut down Parliament, our only vehicle to hold you to account and vote you out.
Arrogance in politicians who are there to serve the public, is not a winning trait. You might want to remember that Mr. Clement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament
January 25, 2010
Well, we're not too proud of his stunt either. Cutting and running has become all too common for this government.
Industry Minister Tony Clement runs away from York University protesters...“All you have to do is vote us out,” Clement says
TORONTO — When members of Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (CAPP) were set to confront Industry Minister Tony Clement about prorogation at York University today, Mr. Clement had the perfect solution: running away.
Unfortunately for him, CAPP caught up. After a security guard told a dozen sign-carrying CAPP members that Mr. Clement might talk to them after completing his tour at the university, protesters waited in the rain for the Minister to emerge. But as 4 p.m. approached, the student protesters couldn’t “prorogue their classes,” so they went looking for Mr. Clement.
After 25 minutes of rain-soaked patience, Toronto CAPP organizer Walied Khogali found him trying to escape the protesters by taking a back exit. “He was running away from us the way he and the Prime Minister ran away from their responsibilities to Parliament,” said Mr. Khogali.
When Mr. Khogali urged the Minister to return to Parliament, Mr. Clement demurred, replying, “All you have to do is vote us out.” Commenting on CAPP’s 25,000-strong nationwide anti-prorogation rallies last Saturday, Mr. Clement said, “I’m not proud of stunts.”