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Ottawa, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): Hate crime is being investigated by the the Ottawa police hate crimes unit after a man screamed obscenities outside Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna's constituency office last week, Ottawa Police Service confirmed Aug 10, media reports said.
Catherine McKenna. Image credit: Official site
A 90-second video, apparently recorded by a man, who rang the bell of the Ottawa Centre Catherine's Street office around 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, was posted to social media over the weekend.
When the man said to the female employee who opened the door that he wants to speak to McKenna, she told him the office was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was then that the man began to utter verbal onslaughts, at one point calling McKenna a "c--t" before the woman shuts the door.
"This isn't an isolated incident. It's not just involving me, my staff members, my family. Too often there are incidents against politicians, often female politicians," McKenna said, relating the incident outside that same constituency office Aug 10 afternoon and suggested such incidents are more common than generally reported."
Earlier somebody had spray-painted the same word across an image of McKenna's face on the window of her campaign office, a few day after McKenna was re-elected last fall.
At that time, McKenna said such incidents would not prevent her from continuing in politics.
But on Aug 10 when a similar question was asked, she said if before she entered public office, she knew about the harassment and abuse politicians face, she might have thought twice about running.
She also added that she does not want good people to be discouraged from entering into politics.
"I do want good people to go into politics. I want the girls and women out there to think that they can go in and make a difference but not have to put up with this garbage."