A Canadian lawmaker was caught in the buff during a virtual House of Commons conference on Wednesday, Canadian media report.
MP William Amos was revealed on camera standing nude in his office, flanked by the Quebec and Canadian flags, his private parts hidden by what appears to be a mobile phone in one hand, CTV News reported.
The incident, which was over in a flash, occurred during the questioning period and the 46-year-old lawmaker, who represents parts of Quebec, later apologised for the showing, which he said was unintentional.
“This was an unfortunate error,” Amos said in a statement to CTV News.
“My video was accidentally turned on as I was changing into my work clothes after going for a jog. I sincerely apologise to my colleagues in the House of Commons for this unintentional distraction.”
MP Claude DeBellefeuille, addressed members about the incident, according to reports. “It may be necessary to remind members, especially the male ones, that a tie and jacket are obligatory, but so are a shirt, boxer shorts or pants,” she said in French.
“We have seen that the member is in great physical shape, but I think everyone should be reminded to be careful and control the camera well.”
MP Mark Holland said Amos was “utterly mortified”.
“I think it’s part of the circumstances of the world we’re in right now, where the line between our home and our office place is so blurred and trying to manage that is sometimes challenging,” he added.
“This is a warning to everybody. You’ve got to really always assume that camera is on and be very careful any time you wander anywhere near that camera that you’re dressed appropriately.”