UPDATE November 7th, 3:00 pm: The CTV is reporting Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement is no longer part of the federal Conservative caucus.
CTV says Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer had asked Clement to resign after learning the recent sexting scandal was not an isolated incident.
The Conservative leader has not ruled out an investigation as Clement continues to serve as an MP.
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement says he’s the target of an extortion plot as a sex scandal rocks his political future.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, Clement says he sent sexually explicit images and videos to someone he thought was a consenting female.
Instead, he claims, the recipient is an individual or party that targeted him for the purpose of financial extortion, something he says is currently being investigated by the RCMP.
Clement continues in his press release by apologizing to his family for his the pain he has caused them and recognizes he has gone down the wrong path and has exercised poor judgment, saying “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”.
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer accepted Clement’s resignation from the opposition’s shadow cabinet including his role as justice critic late Tuesday stating that while he was greatly disappointed with the MP’s actions, he’s encouraged that Clement will be seeking help.
MP Lisa Raitt will take over the role of justice critic in the interim.
The 57-year-old MP was first elected in the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka in 2006 after serving in the Ontario Legislature.