Speaker says photo of naked MP an affront to dignity of House of Commons

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OTTAWA — House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota has delivered a stern reminder to MPs that taking photos during parliamentary proceedings is strictly prohibited.

His reminder comes two weeks after Liberal MP William Amos inadvertently appeared naked on an internal parliamentary feed of Commons proceedings.

Bloc Quebecois MP Sebastien Lemire has apologized for taking a screen shot of Amos, who said he was changing his clothes after a jog.

Lemire has said he doesn't know how the screenshot was subsequently leaked to the media and wound up circulating on social media around the globe.

Rota says the incident was a clear breach of the rules and affront to the dignity of the Commons and all its members.

Rota says he now considers the procedural aspect of the incident to be closed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2021.

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