A member of the Canadian Parliament has apologized after being seen urinating during a House of Commons meeting on Zoom.
Someone attending Wednesday’s meeting spotted MP William Amos, a member of the ruling Liberal Party of Quebec, urinating, even though the lawmaker was apparently not on the main screen at the time.
“Last night, while I was virtually attending the House of Commons debates, in a non-public place, I urinated without realizing that I was in front of the camera,” Amos said in a commentary. declaration Thursday. “Although accidental and not visible to the public, this was totally unacceptable, and I apologize wholeheartedly.”
Debates are being broadcast online globally due to the pandemic, although only active speakers are shown on screen.
“It is important to have a safe work environment for everyone on Parliament Hill and we take these issues very seriously,” said by email Charles-Eric Lépine, spokesperson for Liberal Government Whip Mark Holland .
Amos, 46, who was captured naked at another virtual House of Commons meeting in April, said he would temporarily relinquish his committee duties and his role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation , Science and Industry to “ask for help”.
He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015. The April incident inspired jokes on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, told the CBC on Friday that he believed someone saw Amos urinating through Parliament’s internal stream and amplified the incident.
“This happens during a Zoom parliamentary session where only one image is public, namely the one speaking or the speaker speaking, and the rest of the MPs can see the other images,” he said. “And for that to be shared and end up with the media, that is also a problem for me.”
“I think the focus should be on him [Amos] get the help “he needs,” Singh said.
But there are special concerns due to Amos’ repeated exposure.
He said he was accidentally filmed in April at a House of Commons meeting changing into work clothes after a race.
“Obviously that was an honest mistake, and it won’t happen again,” Amos said at the time.
Conservative Deputy House Leader Karen Vecchio has expressed doubts that the on-camera urination was accidental.
“This is the second time that Mr. Amos has been caught exposing himself to his colleagues in the House, and the House of Commons, virtual or not, must be free from this type of unacceptable behavior,” he said. she declared.
She criticized her party for tolerating her actions.
“He is a role model of Mr. Amos and it is now clear that the Trudeau Liberals failed in their duty to ensure a safe work environment after the first incident,” said Vecchio.