Liberal Party MP William Amos, 46, who represents the Quebec riding of Pontiac, admitted Thursday to having “urinated without realizing that I was on camera” during parliamentary proceedings the night before.
“Although this was accidental and not visible to the public, it was totally unacceptable and I apologize wholeheartedly,” Amos added.
Amos was recorded nude during a virtual session of the House of Commons last month.
In his statement, he said he would “ask for help” and relinquish his role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Amos did not say what help he was looking for.
Amos claimed the first incident on April 14 was “an unfortunate mistake,” saying his video was accidentally turned on while he was putting on his work clothes after going out for a jog.
A screenshot of Amos naked, with the exception of a well-placed smartphone, made its way into the media, sparking an uproar from his fellow Liberals.
Opposition Party Whip Claude DeBellefeuille raised the accidental flash in the camera as a point of order, reminding lawmakers to cover themselves at all times.
“Members may need to be reminded, especially men, that a tie and jacket are mandatory, but also a shirt, boxer shorts or pants,” she said in French, according to the report.
“We saw that the member is in excellent physical shape, but I think the members need to be reminded to be careful and to control the camera well. “
Karen Vecchio, Deputy House Leader of the Conservative Party, has asked House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota to investigate the matter.
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“It is now clear that the Trudeau Liberals failed in their duty to ensure a safe work environment after the first incident,” Vecchio said in a statement obtained by CBC News. “We cannot have more of this from Liberal MPs and the Conservatives will explore all possible options to ensure that this does not happen again.
A spokesperson for Liberal Party whip Mark Holland said on Friday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government “will take these issues very seriously.”
A spokesperson for Rota told CBC that the president “will look into the matter and come back to the House if necessary.”