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Amos is right: leaking naked photo sends ‘terrible signal’ about corrosive state of politics

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Liberal MP Will Amos, pictured at a Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship Fundraiser party at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Que. He told The Canadian Press that the fact the nude photo was leaked and circulated on social media sends a 'terrible signal' about the corrosive state of politics in Canada. The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright

Government backbencher Will Amos has represented the large rural Quebec riding of Pontiac, mostly under the radar, since he was first elected in 2015, but not anymore. The 46-year-old environmental lawyer made international headlines last month when he was inadvertently broadcast naked on an internal House feed on April 14 in his office and a naked screenshot of him was leaked to the media. He said he was changing out of his jogging clothes, his laptop camera was on, and the rest is history. Bloc Québécois MP Claude DeBellefeuille, her party’s whip, raised it as a point of order that day. Bloc Québécois MP Sébastien Lemire, who represents Pontiac’s neighbouring riding of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, came forward in the House on April 21 to apologize for taking the screen shot, but also said he had no idea how it got leaked to the media. House Speaker Anthony Rota last week ruled the incident “deplorable,” and said it was an “affront to the authority and dignity of the House of Commons and its Members.” Mr. Rota said taking photos during parliamentary proceedings is strictly prohibited. The House Board of Internal Economy is looking further into the matter.

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