Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has stepped back from some of his official duties after he shared sexually explicit images and a video of himself in what he claims was an extortion attempt.
“Over the last three weeks, I have shared sexually explicit images and a video of myself to someone who I believed was a consenting female recipient,” said Clement via a statement. “The recipient was, in fact, an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion.” He added that the RCMP are investigating the matter.
Clement apologized to his family, colleagues and constituents, and asked for privacy for his family.
“I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” he said.
Clement added that he is “committed to seeking the help and treatment I need in my personal life to make sure this will not happen again while also continuing to discharge my duties as a Member of Parliament.”
He has, however, resigned from some of his duties. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer confirmed in a statement that he had accepted Clement’s resignation as the Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice and his resignation from his various committee roles.
“While I’m greatly disappointed with Mr. Clement’s actions, I am encouraged that he has decided to seek help and I wish him all the best in doing so,” wrote Scheer.
Effective immediately, Lisa Raitt, the Conservative Deputy Leader and the Member of Parliament for Milton, will assume the role of Shadow Minister for Justice, said Scheer.
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