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MP Peter Goldring recommends body cameras to guard against sex allegations

A Conservative MP issued a bizarre press release Wednesdayclaiminghe uses abody-worn camerato guard against sexual misconduct allegations and urginghis colleagues to do the same.

Peter Goldring, MP for Edmonton-East, suggested suchcameras can help elected officials"prevent besmirchment when encounters run awry."

"It will not be good enough to simply say that your intentions were honourable and you were just inviting a colleague to your apartment at two in the morning to play a game of Scrabble," Goldring said in the release. "MPs must learn, as I have... that all do not tell the truth. I now wear 'protection' in the form of body-worn video recording equipment. I suggest others do so too."

Goldring suggested the devices are necessary because "some accusers hide behind a shield of supposed credibility... and sometimes even hide behind a cloak of anonymity, which conceals their shameful indiscretion and complicity."

Read the full press release below

The comments comein the wake ofharassment allegations levelled at two federal Liberal MPs by a pair of NDP MPs. Although unproven, the accusations prompted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to suspend MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti from his caucus.

BothAndrews and Pacetti have denied any wrongdoing.

Calls made to Goldring's office Wednesday evening were not returned by press time.

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