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Caught urinating in mug, Canadian Conservative's candidacy goes down the drain

Reuters

A Canadian Conservative election candidate who was caught on camera urinating into a coffee mug is no longer running for the party, a party spokesman said on Monday.

Jerry Bance had been a candidate for the ruling Conservatives in a Toronto-area district ahead of the Oct. 19 vote.

CBC News reported that Bance, a service technician, had been caught on a hidden camera urinating into a coffee mug during a house call to repair a leaky sink in 2012. It said he then dumped the contents of the mug into the sink he was supposed to be fixing.

He was filmed during an episode of the network’s consumer watchdog program “Marketplace,” which was investigating whether homeowners were being overcharged for simple repairs.

CBC said a tip on Sunday pointed out Bance was the technician in the story.

“Mr. Bance is no longer a candidate,” Conservative spokesman Stephen Lecce said in a statement.

Bance could not immediately be reached for comment. But CBC said he issued a statement in which he expressed regret, adding the footage “does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person.”

The right-leaning Conservatives led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who have ruled the country for nearly a decade, are in a tight three-way race with the center-left Liberals and New Democratic Party.

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