Well, that's one way to make a splash in an election campaign.
The CBC revealed on Sunday that Conservative candidate Jerry Bance was caught on tape in 2012peeing into a homeowner's mug and emptying it into the sink while he was working as a contractor.
A statement from Bance released by the Conservative campaign says he "deeply regrets" his 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," Bance said.
Bance is currently running in the hotly contested riding of Scarborough Rouge River. The story comes a day before Stephen Harper is set to campaign in east Toronto. A media advisory from the Conservative campaign names two candidates who will join Harper, but does not mention Bance.
The footage was captured as part of a CBC Marketplace hidden-camera sting evaluating Toronto-area home repair services.
Twitter users quickly reacted to the gaffe with a torrent of jokes.
Urine in pretty big trouble, dude.September 7, 2015
@CochraneCBCNL so Jerry Bance's political legacy will be fondly remembered as "Two Campaigns, One Cup"— John Riche (@JohnRiche) September 7, 2015
Peeing in a coffee mug instead of flushing it saves a lot of water, you jerks. I say Jerry Bance for environment minster. #elxn42— Craig Silverman (@CraigSilverman) September 7, 2015
And wittier folks predictably coined#Peegate to label the scandal. The hashtag quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.
"Power & Politics" host Rosemary Barton sums up how many must feel about the fast and unexpected twist in Canada’s election season.
43. 43 days left. #elexn42— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) September 7, 2015
With files from the Canadian Press
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