Check your cameras, Canada! A Liberal MP was left feeling “embarrassed” after he accidentally showed up to a virtual House of Commons conference totally naked.
MP William Amos, who represents the Quebec riding of Pontiac, shocked his fellow members of Parliament on Wednesday when he appeared on screen wearing no clothes at all.
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I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it. My camera was accidentally left on as… https://t.co/qyUmzbkjQZ— William Amos (@William Amos) 1618442232.0
A screenshot, obtained by the Canadian Press, shows how the MP was spotted standing behind a desk alongside the flags for Quebec and Canada.
Explaining the situation in a statement online, Amos described it as “a really unfortunate mistake” and said he was “obviously” embarrassed by it.
“My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes after going for a jog,” he said. “I sincerely apologize to all my colleagues in the House.”
Amos also promised that it “won’t happen again.”
How did the House react?
Fortunately, the situation was handled with relatively good humour by MPs participating in the House of Commons conference at the time.
After the question period, Bloc Quebecois MP Claude DeBellefeuille took a moment to remind her colleagues about appropriate conduct and parliamentary decorum.
"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, per CTV News.
She continued, "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."
Speaker Anthony Rota acknowledged DeBellefeuille’s "observations," before urging all MPs to be vigilant when it comes to their cameras or microphones.