VIDEO: Canadian lawmaker blames absence from vote on tight underwear

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A Canadian lawmaker blamed his absence during an anti-terrorism vote on tight underwear. (KTRK)

A Canadian lawmaker blamed his absence during an anti-terrorism vote on tight underwear.

In Ottawa, Winnipeg Centre Rep. Pat Martin voted on a procedural motion, and then briefly left his seat.

Later, another legislator asked if Martin's vote would still count since he got up while the results were still being tallied.

Martin responded with this hilarious explanation: "I can blame it on a sale that was down at the Hudson's Bay. They had men's underwear on for half price. I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me, and I find it difficult to sit for any length of time. Mr. Speaker, I apologize if it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote."

Martin's vote was allowed to stand.

On Twitter, Canadians quipped about martin being "poorly briefed" and how he "briefed" parliament on why he missed the vote.
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