A Canadian lawmaker says he’s “embarrassed” after appearing stark naked on a House of Commons Zoom conference call with his colleagues.
William Amos, a Liberal MP, was caught covering his privates with a mobile phone as he walked between the flags of Quebec and Canada when his laptop camera turned on during the virtual session.
“I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it,” the 46-year-old tweeted late Wednesday after the incident in his office was made public.
“My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes after going for a jog. I sincerely apologise to all my colleagues in the House. It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again,” he wrote.
C’était une erreur malheureuse. Ma vidéo a été allumée accidentellement alors que je me changeais en vêtements de travail après avoir fait du jogging. Je m’excuse sincèrement auprès de mes collègues de la Chambre des communes pour cette distraction involontaire…(1)
— William Amos (@WillAAmos) April 14, 2021
The Quebec MP did not address the virtual session, which was in the questioning period at the time, but he would have been in breach of the House of Commons guidebook if he had chosen to do so while in a state of undress.
Under the section ‘Rules of Order and Decorum’, no dress code is required to sit it on a debate, but male speakers “must be wearing contemporary business attire” such as jackets, shirts and ties.
A member of Canada’s Bloc Québécois party, Claude DeBellefeuille, said after the conference call that it might be “necessary to remind the members, especially the male ones, that a tie and jacket are obligatory”.
“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,” she said in French, according to CTV News.