A CANADIAN lawmaker has been caught with his pants down again, this time “peeing on camera” during a parliamentary session.
Liberal Party MP William Amos, 46, who represents the Quebec district of Pontiac, acknowledged Thursday he had “urinated without realizing I was on camera” during parliamentary proceedings the previous evening.
“While accidental and not visible to the public, this was completely unacceptable and I apologize unreservedly,” added Amos.
Amos had been recorded in the nude during a virtual session of the House of Commons last month.
In his statement he said he would now “seek assistance” and step away from his role as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Amos did not elaborate on exactly what assistance he was seeking.
Amos claimed the first incident on April 14 was “an unfortunate error,” saying his video was accidentally turned on as he changed into his work clothes after going out for a jog.
A screenshot of Amos naked, except for a well-placed smartphone, made its way into the media, prompting an outcry from his fellow Liberals.
Opposition party whip Claude DeBellefeuille raised the accidental flash in the cam as a point of order, reminding lawmakers they must cover themselves at all times.
“It may be necessary to remind the members, especially the male ones, that a tie and jacket are obligatory, but so are a shirt, boxer shorts or pants,” she said in French, according to the report.
“We have seen that the member is in great physical shape, but I think members should be reminded to be careful and control the camera well.”
Karen Vecchio, the Conservative Party Deputy House Leader called on the Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota to investigate the matter.
“It’s now clear that Trudeau’s Liberals failed in their duty to ensure a safe work environment following the first incident,” Vecchio said in a statement obtained by CBC News. “We can’t have more of this from Liberal members of Parliament and Conservatives will explore all potential options to ensure this never happens again.”
A spokesperson for Liberal Party Whip Mark Holland said Friday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government would “take these matters extremely seriously.”
A spokesperson for Rota told CBC the Speaker would be “reviewing the matter and return to the House if necessary.”