October 27, 2021

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MP William Amos retires from federal politics

MP William Amos retires from federal politics

(Pontiac) Liberal MP William Amos, who mistakenly presented himself twice to his colleagues at virtual parliamentary sessions, has announced that he will not run for re-election in the next federal election.


In a statement posted in French and English on his Facebook page on Sunday evening, the Pontiac member in Pon Toys said he had informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of his decision in advance.

After a lengthy reflection with his family, he concluded that “although the doors to future politics are not closed, it is not the right time to embark on another election campaign.”

“I want to explore other avenues that allow for a better balance between personal and professional lives,” adds the man who was first elected MP for Pontiac in 2015. “It was a very difficult decision,” he said. Serving and representing his members.

Last April, Mr. Amos made headlines for appearing naked during question time. He said he turned after his jog and did not realize his camera was on, demonstrating in front of hundreds of his colleagues and Commons staff. Then he apologized.

This mistake by Mr. Amos was immortalized in a photo taken by Black member Sebastian Lemir, who publicly admitted and apologized to the relevant principal and later family. Mr. Lemire was also rejected by the Speaker.

A month later, Mr. Amos appeared to be urinating as he was actually involved in the discussions of the House. At the time he apologized on Twitter and announced that he was temporarily stepping down as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industries.

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The President of the House, Anthony Rota, blamed William Amos for this second incident because the facts were “a serious violation of the rules of decoration and damaging the dignity of the House”.

In his statement released on Sunday, the federal deputy briefly recalled his work as a parliamentarian. He wants to continue his 20 years of experience in law, politics and the environment for new opportunities to serve the people.

“Although politics is a beautiful and difficult profession, it is not the only way to achieve gradual and transformative change,” he argues.