Canadian politician apologizes after appearing naked during video meeting
Jack Guy, CNN
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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.”
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.”
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. I sincerely apologize to all my colleagues in the House. It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again.
— Will Amos (@WillAAmos) April 14, 2021
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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A Liberal MP was caught wearing his birthday suit in the virtual House of Commons.
William Amos, who has represented the Quebec riding of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked Wednesday, https://t.co/zvuXszz8mQ pic.twitter.com/fXuAPfsA7z
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) April 14, 2021