Police launch hate crimes investigation after man yelled obscenities at Catherine McKenna’s office

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The Ottawa Police Hate Crimes Unit is investigating after a man shouted obscenities outside the constituency office of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna last week.A 90-second video, posted to social media over the weekend, shows a man approaching the door of the Catherine Street office of the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center at around 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday and ringing the bell. Bell. It appears the man recorded the video himself.

When an employee opens the door, the man asks to speak to McKenna, but she tells him the office is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The man then launches into a profane tirade, at one point calling McKenna a “ct” before the woman closes the door.

Just days after McKenna’s re-election last fall, someone spray-painted the same word over an image of McKenna’s face on his campaign office window.

At the time, McKenna vowed that such incidents would not discourage her from continuing in politics.

“In fact, it clearly shows why it is so important to get into politics,” she said last October. “Some people clearly want to kick women out of politics – that’s not going to improve politics. ”

The RCMP are investigating the earlier incident, while the Ottawa Police Service confirmed on Monday that their hate crimes unit is investigating the latest.

Catherine McKenna’s campaign office was the target of vulgar graffiti last October, just days after her re-election. (David Richard / CBC)

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