Canadian Lawmaker, Will Amos, Is Uncovered Once more on Digicam

OTTAWA – For the second time in a little over a month, a member of the Canadian Parliament has apologized for exposing himself during a virtual term.

Lawmaker Will Amos, who is a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday night that he “urinated without realizing I was in front of the camera” during the session the night before .

“It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again,” wrote Amos after the first incident.

On Thursday, Mr. Amos, a former environmental attorney, said he would step down as parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry and from his committee positions “so that I can seek help”.

He did not provide further details but added, largely repeating his previous apology: “I am deeply embarrassed by my actions and the distress they may have caused anyone who has looked at them.”

According to Mr. Amos, the pictures were not distributed to the public this time. It was not immediately clear how many MPs, their staff and parliamentary officials would have seen them.

The Canadian Parliament has been operating under a hybrid system for the past few months, with some members physically appearing in the House of Commons and most of them logging into legislative sessions through Zoom. While images of all virtual attendees can be viewed on screens by other House MPs and officials, they are visible to the public via the House of Commons television feed when the online attendees have the floor.

In April, a still image from one of the Zoom sessions of Mr. Amos standing naked in a room between the flag of Quebec and Canada made its way onto social media.

“When we asked for more transparency, we should have been more specific,” wrote Garnett Genuis, a Conservative MP, alongside the photo on Twitter.

Along with the ridicule, the publication of the photo caused trouble and called for an investigation by the Whip of Government Mark Holland, who said the publication of the photo was a “potentially criminal act”.

Canada’s criminal law prohibits posting, distributing or providing “an intimate picture of a person who knows that the person depicted in the picture has not given their consent”.

Sébastien Lemire, a member of the Bloc Québécois, admitted taking the picture but said he had no idea how it got onto social media. He apologized to Mr. Amos, who represents a legislative district in Quebec across from Ottawa.