A member of the Canadian Parliament apologized after being seen urinating over Zoom during a House of Commons meeting.
Someone attending Wednesday’s session spotted MP William Amos, a member of the ruling Quebec Liberal Party, who was urinating even though the legislature did not appear to be on the main screen at the time.
“Last night while virtually attending a House of Commons trial in a private setting, I urinated without realizing that I was in front of the camera,” Amos said in one statement Thursday. “While this was accidental and not visible to the public, it was completely unacceptable and I apologize wholeheartedly.”
The negotiations are being streamed to the world online due to the pandemic, although only active speakers are shown on the screen.
“It is important to have a safe working environment for everyone on Parliament Hill and we take these matters extremely seriously,” Charles-Eric Lépine, spokesman for Mark Holland’s liberal government whip, said via email.
Amos, 46, who was captured naked during another House of Commons virtual meeting in April, said he would temporarily cede his committee duties and parliamentary secretary role to the Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry to “seek help” .
He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015. The April incident inspired jokes in “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Jagmeet Singh, chairman of the New Democratic Party, said the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday that he believed someone saw Amos urinate through Parliament’s internal feed, compounding the incident.
“This is done in a parliamentary zoom session where only one picture is public, namely the one speaking or the speaker, and the rest of the MPs can see the other pictures,” he said. “And for that to be shared and end up with the media, that’s also problematic for me.”
“I think the focus should be on him [Amos] get the help, “said Singh.
However, there are particular concerns due to the repeated exposure of Amos.
He said he was accidentally videotaped during a House of Commons meeting in April and turned into work clothes after a run.
“Obviously it was an honest mistake and it won’t happen again,” Amos said at the time.
Conservative House Vice-Chair Karen Vecchio expressed doubts that the on-camera urination was accidental.
“This is the second time Mr Amos has been caught exposing himself to his colleagues around the house and the House of Commons, virtual or otherwise, must be free of this type of unacceptable behavior,” she said.
She accused his party of tolerating his actions.
“This is a pattern of behavior on the part of Mr Amos and it is now clear that the Trudeau Liberals have failed in their duty to ensure a safe working environment after the first incident,” said Vecchio.