A former Canadian Conservative candidate who got caught urinating into a mug by a hidden camera on a CBC TV show has dropped out of the Oct. 19 election (video below).
Jerry Bance was a service technician for 25 years until he became a politician. He was caught peeing into a coffee cup during a house call for a leaky sink in 2012. He later went on to become the Toronto Conservative election candidate but has since dropped out, the Tories said on Sept. 6.
Bance was filmed during an episode of the station’s investigative series “Marketplace.” He can be seen urinating into the coffee mug before he pours it down the sink he was hired to repair. He then rinses the mug.
The show called Bance as part of a sting operation to catch service technicians overcharging homeowners for small and simple repairs. A “Marketplace” producer who was posing as the homeowner was in the next room when Bance was caught peeing by the hidden camera.
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The episode had referred to Bance, the owner of Xpress Appliance Service, as only “Jerry,” but a tip to CBC News on Sept. 6 identified the politician.
Bance also ran as a Conservative in 2006 and 2008. For the upcoming election, another Toronto candidate was dropped by the Tories only a few hours after Bance, after videos surfaced of Tim Dutaud, also of Toronto, making prank phone calls with insulting comments towards the disabled, reported CBC.
“What this says is that we keep the highest standards for candidates and that these two individuals are no longer candidates,” said Conservative Leader Stephen Harper during a campaign stop on Sept. 7.
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Social media responded quickly to the scandal and used the hashtag “#peegate,” which quickly began trending on Twitter.
A political rival of the Conservatives, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, said Bance, “Must be someone who’s adept at (Conservative Leader) Stephen Harper’s trickle-down theory of economics.”
In an email to The Huffington Post Canada, Bance wrote, “A 30-second decision made three years ago can really change one’s life.”
“I had a health situation and needed to make an emergency decision, ironically to save myself from embarrassment back then,” Bance wrote.