The Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the Toronto-area for the riding of Scarborough–Rouge Park is the latest joke on the internet.
According to a CBC report, Jerry Bance was caught on camera urinating in a coffee mug while working as a repairman in 2012. As of this morning, less than 12 hours after the original report was made, he is no longer running for the riding’s office.
Bance owns and operates XPress Appliance Service, a home repair company, that was subject to a CBC Marketplace investigation over home repair companies that overcharge homeowners for simple repairs.
Hidden cameras were used in the sting, which caught him urinating in a mug in the kitchen and dumping the contents into the sink, which he was supposed to be fixing.
CBC made the connection following a tip and re-aired the footage on Sunday.
In a statement to the CBC, Bance says he “deeply regrets” his actions and that “the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person.”
He also ran for office as a Conservative in the 2006 and 2008 federal elections.
No formal statement has been issued by the Conservative Party, but NDP Leader Tom Mulcair took the opportunity to make some puns today.
“I guess that this was one mugshot that Canadians weren’t expecting from the Conservatives,” Mulcair told reporters.
The hashtag #peegate, accompanied with the reactions of Canadians, is now trending on Twitter.
On the same day, the Conservative Party also announced it was dropping Toronto-Danforth candidate Tim Dutaud who posted YouTube videos of himself making prank calls. This included videos of himself pretending to have a mental illness and having an orgasm.
Twitter #peegate reaction
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) September 7, 2015
— Steve Patterson (@patterballs) September 7, 2015
"Sir, there's something you may have to address today. We couldn't hold it in." - a PMO staffer, this morning #peegate
— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) September 7, 2015
If you're surprised by #peegate, you haven't been paying attention. Conservative philosophy is all about looking out for Number One.
— Charles Demers (@charliedemers) September 7, 2015
It's fun to take the piss, but if you're looking for a repairman, ask for references & research the company before hiring anyone. #peegate
— CBC Marketplace (@cbcmarketplace) September 7, 2015
— Scott Reid (@_scottreid) September 7, 2015
— Mark Critch (@markcritch) September 7, 2015
— Lesli Boldt (@LesliBoldt) September 7, 2015
What did the Conservative candidate say to the NDP candidate? Urine the lead! #peegate
— Mark Burnett (@burnettisms) September 7, 2015
— Jackie (@Jackstar009) September 7, 2015
— Schtaunkhauser (@Schtaunkhauser) September 7, 2015
— Laura Dyke (@lauradyke22) September 7, 2015
— Jim O'Leary (@jim_oleary) September 7, 2015
— Sniper Hyperbole (@SniperHyperbole) September 7, 2015
— Peter Goddard (@Peter_B_Goddard) September 7, 2015
— Activist Alberta (@ABActivist) September 7, 2015
Peeing in your sink when no one is looking, and prank calling to take shots at disabled folks – aspiring PC leadership… #peegate
— Tiara Sukhan (@tialalita) September 7, 2015
The cons were so busy with mandatory posture & silence in social media training, someone forgot bathroom etiquette. Damn staffers! #peegate
— Brad Porcellato (@BradPorcellato) September 7, 2015
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) September 7, 2015
— Aladdin Diakun (@aladdintweets) September 7, 2015
— David Paterson (@DavidPatersonca) September 7, 2015
— Jaclyn Arndt (@jamoocamoolyn) September 7, 2015
— Porwigle (@P_Wog) September 7, 2015