Scheer blind­sided by MP’S sex­ting

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - AN­TONELLA AR­TUSO

MP Tony Cle­ment’s rev­e­la­tion he had re­ported a sex­ting-re­lated ex­tor­tion at­tempt to po­lice in the sum­mer came as news to him, PC Leader An­drew Scheer says.

“I just found out about the in­ci­dent this sum­mer mo­ments ago,” Scheer said Thurs­day, dur­ing an anti-crime an­nounce­ment in Bramp­ton. “I was not aware of that un­til to­day.”

Scheer said he had been un­der the im­pres­sion from Cle­ment that there was one iso­lated in­ci­dent in which the for­mer PC MP sent ex­plicit im­ages and video to a stranger.

Later, it be­came ap­par­ent that there was ev­i­dence of a pat­tern of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour, he said.

On Thurs­day, Cle­ment posted an apol­ogy to his con­stituents in which he ac­knowl­edged mul­ti­ple in­fi­deli­ties and two ex­tor­tion at­tempts, one of which he re­ported to po­lice in the sum­mer.

Scheer said he did not dis­cuss with Cle­ment whether his work in na­tional se­cu­rity was com­pro­mised by the in­ci­dents.

“Not only were we not aware of this but nei­ther were the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agen­cies who did the screen­ing for Mr. Cle­ment be­fore he took his place on the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil,” he said.

Scheer said PC mem­bers hold each other to the high­est stan­dards but “th­ese types of things” can hap­pen in any pro­fes­sion or po­lit­i­cal party.

He did not see a need to change poli­cies.

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