A Canadian politician accidentally got naked in front of his colleagues during a virtual meeting.
On Wednesday, during a video conference call for the House of Commons, Member of Parliament William Amos — who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015 — appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers without clothes.
Per a screenshot obtained by The Canadian Press, Amos stood behind a desk between the Quebec and Canadian flags as his groin was covered by what appears to be a cell phone.
After the incident, Amos went on Twitter and explained that he accidentally left his camera on while changing into work clothes following a jog.
“I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it,” he said in his statement. “My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes after going for a jog. I sincerely apologize to all my colleagues in the House. It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again.”
I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it. My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes after going for a jog. I sincerely apologize to all my colleagues in the House. It was an honest mistake + it won’t happen again.— Will Amos (@WillAAmos) April 14, 2021
Per the Washington Post, a couple of Amos’ colleagues brought up the embarrassing moment during the call.
“We have seen a member during question period improperly dressed — that is, unclothed,” said fellow Member of Parliament Claude DeBellefeuille. “So, perhaps remind the members, especially the male members, that suits and ties are appropriate.
“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,” DeBellefeuille added.
House Speaker Anthony Rota, who was at the House of Commons building in Ottawa, laughed as he said he must have “missed” what the commotion was about.
“What I would like to do is to remind the members that when they even are at home, they must be aware that there is a camera and a microphone and they need to be aware of their functioning,” Rota said.
Although it appears some members of Parliament are making light of the gaffe, Amos is not happy that a screenshot of his naked body went viral. In fact, he is demanding that an investigation take place.
“It is most unfortunate that someone shared, without my consent, a photo in which I was changing my clothes. This photo came from a video feed that only MPs or a very small number of staff had access to,” he said in a statement posted to his Facebook page on Thursday.
“No person deserves to suffer such harm. I expect the Speaker of the House of Commons to conduct a thorough investigation, as requested by Government House Leader, the Honorable Pablo Rodriguez.”
However, Amos is also thanking those “who have sent messages of moral support and encouragement in the aftermath of this most regrettable situation.”
“The past 24 hours have been difficult at a professional and personal level, but I will not allow this to distract me from the work of representing my Pontiac constituents and Canada.”