CONSERVATIVE MP and former federal minister Tony Clement on Tuesday announced that he has resigned from his House of Commons committee assignments as well as Conservative critic for justice following a sextortion scandal in order to focus on his personal life and his family.
He added: “I ask that all Canadians respect my and my family’s privacy at this time.”
Clement revealed: “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. The recipient was, in fact, an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion. The RCMP are currently investigating the matter to determine the identity of the party responsible for the extortion attempt.”
He added: “I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment. First and foremost, I apologize to my family for the needless pain and humiliation my actions have caused. I also apologize to my colleagues and my constituents for letting them down. I am 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.”