A leading member of Canada’s main opposition party, Tony Clement, has resigned from the parliament’s national security oversight committee after admitting he sent explicit pictures and video to someone he had never met.
He is also a former cabinet minister in Canada.
The Conservative legislator said he shared the material with “someone who I believed was a consenting female recipient’’, according to a statement he issued on Wednesday.
“The recipient was, in fact, an individual or party who targeted me for the purpose of financial extortion,’’ added Clement, who was the party’s spokesman on justice issues.
Clement had high-level security clearance as a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, an oversight body set up in 2017 and had access to highly classified information.