Ottawa police are investigating after re-elected Liberal MP Catherine McKenna’s campaign office was defaced with vulgar, sexist graffiti last night.
Graham Richardson, chief news anchor for CTV Ottawa, tweeted a picture of the graffiti showing a photo of McKenna’s face covered in red spray paint.
“Apologies for someone else’s vulgarity but this is the kind of crap @cathmckenna puts up with every day. Her campaign office was defaced overnight. She will respond shortly. This is beyond ugly,” he wrote.
Apologies for someone else’s vulgarity but this is the kind of crap @cathmckenna puts up with every day. Her campaign office was defaced overnight. She will respond shortly. This is beyond ugly #cdnpoli @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/74NaM95xMy
— Graham Richardson (@grahamctv) October 24, 2019
Ottawa Police confirmed with Daily Hive that an investigation has been opened.
“We are aware of the incident and a complaint has been launched,” said Cst. Chuck Benoit.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford responded the incident on Twitter calling it “disgusting.”
“There is no place in Canada for hate like this. While we may disagree on matters, we must always respect one another,” wrote Ford.
Thanks Premier. I appreciate your words. Politics matters. We can disagree but let’s do it respectfully. https://t.co/gcsn5UjbOD
— Catherine McKenna 🇨🇦 (@cathmckenna) October 24, 2019
Liberal MP, Gagan Sikand said McKenna is one of the “most hard-working, passionate people” he knows and called the graffiti “appalling.”
This is absolutely appalling. @cathmckenna is one of the most hard-working, passionate people I know & we need more people like her in politics.
It takes a lot of courage to put your name on a ballot. Despite party stripes, no candidate should face this kind of hatred. https://t.co/S6trzMfqmK
— Gagan Sikand (@gagansikand) October 24, 2019
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted his support for McKenna calling the act “absolutely disgraceful.”
“No woman should have to deal with this in politics, or in any space. Thank you Catherine for your courage in the face of this violent, sexist act of hate. We stand with you,” said Singh.
This is absolutely disgraceful. No woman should have to deal with this in politics, or in any space. Thank you Catherine for your courage in the face of this violent, sexist act of hate. We stand with you. https://t.co/ye1hLpSEYl
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) October 24, 2019
On Monday, McKenna was re-elected as MP for Ottawa Centre. She served as minister of environment and climate change in Prime Minister in Trudeau’s previous cabinet.
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