TORONTO (AP) -- A Toronto businessman who had been running for Parliament with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's party made the wrong kind of splash and is out of the race after being caught on video urinating in a coffee cup.
The tinkling tale of Jerry Bance, who had been filmed while working as an appliance repairman, caps a bad week for Harper. The prime minister now faces re-election as Canada has entered a recession. The Canadian Broadcast Corp. used hidden cameras in 2012 to record Bance peeing into the cup and pouring it down the sink while on a service call. The homeowner was in the next room. Bance runs an appliance repair company, and the CBC was reporting on home repair companies.
Bance had been running in a Toronto district in the Oct. 19 election, but a Conservative party spokesman said Monday "Mr. Bance is no longer a candidate."
Bance said in a statement he "deeply regrets" the incident and it doesn't reflect who he is as person or professional."
Two things on this:
1. Canada's so weird. First of all, I guess in Canada a plumber is good parliament material? A plumber who was caught on a bizzaro How To Catch A Predator show, at that. Second, was I the only one who thought those guys watching had way too laid back of reactions? Almost like, "Yep, here he goes, the old pee in the glass move. Seen it a million times." So I guess that's a move in Canada? Is it like a territorial thing? Whatever, you just do you, Canada.
2. "Doesn't reflect who you are as a person", bro? Yes it does. Completely does, in fact. You're the pee on the dishes guy. That's you, that's what happens when you make such a preposterous play. You are forever defined by that move. And that's fine, I mean disgusting and like don't come over and plumber at my house ever, but it's fine. Don't run from who you are is my point, bro. You're pee on the dishes guy. Somebody had to be*, and you stepped up to the call. You can't be a government person, I think that's pretty obvious, but you gave the world a truly weird and fascinating video, so bravo.
* Nobody had to be.