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Canadian politician apologizes after appearing naked during video meeting


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Canadian MP William Amos posted an apology on his Twitter account after being spotted in a state of undress during a parliamentary video call on April 14.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains an image of partial nudity.

OTTAWA, Canada (CNN) — A Canadian politician has apologized after being spotted in a state of undress during a parliamentary video call on Wednesday.

Will Amos, federal member of parliament (MP) for Pontiac, Quebec, for the Liberal party, can be seen inappropriately attired in a screenshot that is circulating online.

Fellow MP Claude DeBellefeuille, of the Bloc Quebecois party, pointed out Amos’ indiscretion during the question period.

“We have seen a member during question period improperly dressed. That is, unclothed. So perhaps remind the members, especially the male members, that suits and ties are appropriate,” said DeBellefeuille in French, according to the parliamentary translator.

“We have seen that the member was in very good shape, but I think this member should be reminded of what is appropriate and to control his camera.

Speaker of the House Anthony Rota responded to DeBellefeuille: “I would like to thank the honorable member for her observations,” said Rota. “I missed that.”

This screenshot obtained by The Canadian Press shows Liberal MP William Amos, top, naked in his office during a video conference call on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked and says his video was accidentally turned on as he was changing into his work clothes after going for a jog. | The Canadian Press via AP

Amos then posted an apology on his Twitter account.

“I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it. My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes after going for a jog,” reads the tweet.

“I sincerely apologize to all my colleagues in the House. It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again.”

Amos is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, which is led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

CNN has contacted Amos and the Prime Minister’s office for comment.

In June 2020 the Canadian parliament saw another controversy after the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, was made to leave the building after calling another politician “racist.”

Singh made the accusation in the House of Commons after Alain Therrien, from the Bloc Québécois party, declined to support a motion calling on parliament to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force.

Bloc Québécois tweeted to address the exchange and urged Singh to apologize for his remarks, which they said “tarnished” Therrien’s reputation.

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