A Canadian lawmaker was caught while “peeing on camera” during a virtual parliamentary session. But it wasn’t the first time he has exposed himself in a video with his pants down.
Liberal Party MP William Amos, who represents the Quebec district of Pontiac, apologized for the incident on Thursday and said it occurred on Wednesday while he was “attending House of Commons proceedings virtually in a non-public setting.”
Amos took to Twitter to explain the situation, writing: “I urinated without realizing I was on camera.”
The 46-year-old, who appeared naked during a video call just weeks ago, said he was “deeply embarrassed” by his actions. “While accidental and not visible to the public, this was completely unacceptable, and I apologize unreservedly,” Amos stated.
It was the politician’s second embarrassing incident on camera in a matter of weeks.
On April 14, Amos was seen naked during a parliamentary video call after a screenshot circulated widely on social media. Fellow MP Claude DeBellefeuille, of the Bloc Québécois party, commented on Amos’s appearance at the time, saying: “It may be necessary to remind the members, especially the male ones, that a tie and jacket are mandatory, but so are a shirt, boxer shorts or pants.”
“We have seen a member during question period improperly dressed. That is, unclothed,” the opposition party whip went on.
“So perhaps remind the members, especially the male members, that suits and ties are appropriate,” said DeBellefeuille in French, according to the parliamentary translator. Amos apologized back then, calling the situation “a really unfortunate mistake,” and explained it occurred when changing his clothes after jogging.
But Wednesday’s incident prompted him to make a more drastic decision.
Amos is a lawmaker, but he also serves as parliamentary secretary to Canada’s minister of innovation, science, and industry. However, he said: “I will be stepping aside temporarily from my role as Parliamentary Secretary and from my committee duties so that I can seek assistance.”
He did not elaborate on what kind of help he was seeking but added that he would continue serving as an MP.
Meanwhile, Karen Vecchio, the Conservative Party Deputy House Leader, asked House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota to investigate the situation. Besides, a spokesperson for Liberal Party Whip Mark Holland said yesterday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would take the incidents “extremely seriously.”