Politics & Government

Canadian candidate, caught in 2012 urination scandal, no longer on ballot

A Toronto-area appliance repairman, caught on hidden camera in a 2012 public urination incident that went viral recently, is no longer running for parliament, Tories party spokesman said Monday.

Conservative Party spokesman Stephen Lecce said Jerry Bance will no longer be on the ballot in Scarborough Rouge Park, though the party confirmed that he had run for parliament in 2006 and 2008.

Bance was caught on a 2012 Canadian consumer affairs program removing a mug from a dish drainer, urinating in it, emptying it in the sink, rinsing it out and then replacing it in the sink.

“I deeply regret my actions on that day. I take great pride in my work, and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person,” CBC News quoted Jerry Bance as sayiing after the ng.

That apology came 31/2 years after the incident was filmed and broadcast on CBC-TV’s “Marketplace.”

Bance has owned and operated an appliance repair company in the greater Toronto area for 25 years. “Marketplace” has done a series of programs called “When the Repairman Knocks,” in which a home is wired with numerous hidden cameras and microphones. The technicians are called in to fix something and secretly watched for dishonest behavior – usually overcharging for unnecessary or shoddy repair work.

In the video, Bance performs the repair quickly. Then he evidently feels the call of nature.

Host Tom Harrington is, naturally, shocked to see Bance looking around furtively, taking the mug out of the sink and then ...

“He just peed in the cup,” Harrington announces. “Oy vey.”

The segment featuring Bance starts at 22:40.

To read about and respond to the incident on on social media, use the hashtag #peegate.