Con­ser­va­tive MP steps back from du­ties due to ‘ex­tor­tion’ over graphic images

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Alex Boutilier

Ottawa—long­time MP Tony Clement has re­signed from the Con­ser­va­tive shadow cabi­net after he shared ex­plicit sex­ual images and a video of him­self elec­tron­i­cally.

Clement says the images were sent in the last three weeks and he be­lieved they were go­ing to a “con­sent­ing fe­male.”

How­ever, he now says the per­son was try­ing to ex­tort him and he has asked the RCMP to in­ves­ti­gate.

“I rec­og­nize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have ex­er­cised very poor judg­ment,” Clement said in a state­ment Tues­day.

Con­ser­va­tive Party Leader An­drew Scheer said he has ap­pointed Lisa Raitt to take over for Clement as the jus­tice critic for now.

“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,” Scheer said.

The RCMP con­firmed it had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Clement and was cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, but did not com­ment fur­ther.

Clement is re­sign­ing his com­mit­tee roles as well, but will stay in the Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus.

Clement, 57, has been one of the pil­lars of the Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus for more than a decade, and be­fore that was a se­nior mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial party in On­tario.

More at thes­tar.com/canada

Tony Clement said he is re­sign­ing from some of his Par­lia­men­tary du­ties.

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