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Tony Clement, Defender of the Right

From September 1, 2008

In his college days Tony Clement was an ambitious young man. At the University of Toronto he was president of the campus Progressive Conservatives. He was also responsible for creating a society there for the sole purpose of inviting the apartheid-supporting ambassador of South Africa, Glen Babb, to speak.

Canada had just imposed new sanctions on South Africa and the school's International Law Society had earlier withdrawn their invitation to Babb. Said the law school's dean, "He is the official spokesman or representative of a grotesque regime built on violence and racism. In extending an invitation the student group runs the risk of providing symbolic legitimacy to the ambassador and to the regime he represents."

Tony Clement was alright with that, apparently.