Minister of Federal Economic Development Northern Ontario Tony Clement. Photo courtesy of Industry Canada.

Conservative MP Tony Clement resigns as justice critic

Conservative MP Tony Clement has resigned from his role as justice critic after sharing sexually explicit images of himself with an unknown person.

The MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka issued his resignation Tuesday, saying he was being extorted.

The statement says the RCMP are investigating the matter to determine the culprit.

“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 adult,” said Clement in his statement.

“I apologize to my family for the needless pain and humiliation my actions have caused.”

Clement’s statement also asks for privacy for his family during this time.

The resignation is from Clement’s committee assignments and as Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice.

Clement was first elected as an MP in 2006. He served eight years as an MPP, holding the Minister of Health and Minister of the Environment positions.