Conservative MP steps back from duties due to ‘extortion’ over graphic images
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.
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Tony Clement said he is resigning from some of his Parliamentary duties.