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article imageConservative quits race after video of him peeing in cup surfaces

By Marcus Hondro     Sep 7, 2015 in Politics
A Conservative candidate running in a Toronto-area riding in the upcoming Canadian federal election has dropped out of the race. Why? Because of something being referred to on social media as "#peegate."
The candidate who is no longer a candidate is Jerry Bance. When Mr. Bance is not being a candidate — like now, because he had to resign — he runs an appliance repair business.
In 2012 the CBC show 'Marketplace' was doing an investigative sting into home repair in the Toronto area and they set-up hidden cameras in a home. Bance was caught in a kitchen urinating into a coffee cup, this while the home-owner was reportedly in the very next room.
He is seen kneeling in front of the kitchen counter and grabs a mug off the counter and puts it between his legs. Time passes and he brings the cup back into view and dumps the content into the sink. He then does a cursory job of rinsing the cup out and leaves it in the sink. The show's host is seen hidden away, watching and commenting on the bizarre event.
Conservative resigns, apologizes
Mr. Bance released a statement on the video: "I deeply regret my actions on that day," Mr. Bance wrote. "I take great pride in my work and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or as a person."
The Conservative Party has yet to name a replacement for Bance in the east end riding of Scarborough Rouge Park. He ran for the party in both the 2006 and 2008 federal elections, losing badly each time.
Not surprisingly, there has been a steady stream, a strong flow, of comments and jokes about Mr. Bance on Twitter at the hashtag "peegate." And why not? After all, it may be the first time that a political candidate has literally pissed away his chances to win.
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