Stephen Harper quick to disown the two

A 2012 video has proven to be a problem after the Conservative Party dropped one of its Torontonian candidates. The video shows Jerry Bance, then-appliance repairman and recent Conservative candidate for the riding of Scarborough–Rouge Park, urinating in a customer’s cup while fixing her dishwasher. He dumped the cup in the sink and briefly rinsed it before putting it back where he found it. The event has been dubbed “#peegate” on social media

Shortly afterwards, Tim Dutaud, recent Conservative candidate for Toronto-Danforth, was identified as “The Unicaller” in YouTube videos from 2009. He made prank phone calls impersonating disabled people and, in one case, pretending to orgasm on the line with a Viagra customer service representative.

Facing criticism for poor vetting of his candidates, Stephen Harper was quick to disown the two, responding only: “What this means is that we keep the highest standard for candidates and these two individuals are no longer candidates.”

— Andrew Richmond

With files from CBC News

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