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Nude and urinating Liberal MP censured by House

The MP was stripped of his $18,000-a year appointment as parliamentary secretary for industry but retained his Commons seat and $185,800 salary.

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Liberal MP Will Amos (Pontiac, Que.) – who was filmed both naked and urinating during meetings – has been censured by the Commons for misconduct, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

MPs referred Amos to questioning by the House affairs committee after he first appeared naked, then urinated during videoconferences.

“As soon as an MP logs into a virtual session and opens their camera it is considered to be, for all intents and purposes, in the House,” said Speaker Anthony Rota, who cited Amos by name.

“There is no dispute about the facts. They constitute a serious breach of the rules of decorum and an affront against the dignity of the House.”

No one spoke in Amos’ defence but the two-term MP earlier apologized for the May 26 incident in which he urinated off-camera while attending to House business by videoconference.

“I am deeply embarrassed by my actions,” said Amos.

The MP was stripped of his $18,000-a year appointment as parliamentary secretary for industry but retained his Commons seat and $185,800 salary.

“Obviously when we have a case of someone literally exposing themselves to the House on two different occasions, that is a pretty serious matter and one that does deserve to be reviewed by the House affairs committee,” said Conservative MP Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie, Alta.), Chief Opposition Whip.

“What we have seen is maybe a bit of a pattern of a general degradation of decorum and debate in this chamber.

“That stems from a lot of people being more relaxed and comfortable because they are at home or in their own offices and sometimes forget that they are still in proceedings of the House of Commons. It is something that is very difficult, if not impossible, to do when people are here in this chamber.”

MP Amos was re-elected two years ago with 49% of the vote in his Ottawa-area riding. The former Sierra Club director had previously run the University of Ottawa’s Environmental Law Clinic.

Amos prior to the urinating incident appeared nude on camera during an April 14 Commons videoconference.

Liberal MPs at the time defended Amos as a victim of crude gibes who’d made an innocent error in walking through his office without clothing.

“That was an image of another member naked,” Liberal MP Mark Holland (Ajax, Ont.), Chief Government Whip, told a May 13 hearing of the Commons Board of Internal Economy.

“That image was then disseminated across the planet. Because of that decision, a member of Parliament and his family were subjected to the image of him naked on late night talk shows in England and the United States and on social media sites around the world.”

“I have had members from both sides of the House come to me and ask, ‘What does that mean for the lobby?’ ‘If I’ve had a red-eye flight and I come into the lobby and a member of Parliament can come in and take an unflattering picture of me with my shirt dishevelled, perhaps my bra showing or perhaps my underwear showing, is that now fair game?’”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Pamela Bridger

    June 9, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Good one Dave! “Stripped of his position”. 🤣🤣

  2. Bryan

    June 9, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Perhaps the most important question is, was he relieving himself on a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

    If so, he should not neccessarily be censured, since so many other politicians have figuratively relieved themselves on the Charter! Both Justins, Kenney and True-dope, Tyler ShamWow, Thug Ford in Ontario, and a plethora of Judges, have already relieved themselves on the Charter, so why should this idjit be censured for doing what they did?

    Am I defending this jerk? No but how different is his action from those in power? As a long since deceased friend would have said, “S-O-S-O-S”. (Same old s@#$ only softer.)

  3. Mars Hill

    June 8, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    That little pecker barley looks old enough to pee straight.

  4. Rose

    June 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

    He’s a depraved public Flasher / Streaker.
    He needs to be fired & removed altogether.
    Only a Liberal would want this creep to represent them.

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Penticton joins list of cities cancelling Canada Day celebtations

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

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The city of Penticton has become the second municipality in BC to cancel Canada Day festivites.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

“When we heard what happened in Kamloops and they found the 215 unmarked graves of those children, we thought it was appropriate to hold back and wait to see what the federal government was going to announce,” Mayor John Vassilaki told CBC.

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

“The Chief also made a note that if we were to cool down the celebrations this year, it would be greatly appreciated by the Penticton Indian Band,” said Vassilaki. 

“And we wanted to show respect and reconciliation with what happened in Kamloops.”

St. Albert this weekend became the first city in Alberta to cancel celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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St. Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

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The city of St. Albert has become the first municipality in Alberta to cancel some Canada Day celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

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It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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