Only days after she was re-elected as Ottawa Centre’s Liberal MP, high profile cabinet minister Catherine McKenna has been the victim of personal harassment once again. On Thursday afternoon, several high profile Canadian politicians, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford, took to Twitter to share their disgust, after Catherine McKenna’s campaign office was vandalized with the C-Word.

It was probably a good start to the week for Liberal MP, Catherine McKenna, after her party won a minority government on Monday night, and she was able to retain her own seat in the riding of Ottawa Centre. However, things took a dark turn on Thursday morning, when her staff discovered some vulgar graffiti at her campaign office in Westboro.

Arriving at their Richmond Road campaign office on Thursday morning, staff were shocked to find the word “c--t” had been painted across a picture of McKenna. Her office confirmed that the crude vandalism had been reported to police.

McKenna, who has acted as Canada’s environment and climate change minister for the past four years, has publicly spoken about the threats, abuse and harassment she has experienced since her election in 2015. The situation heightened back in September when she was forced to hire security after a driver was threatening to her and her children.

Following McKenna’s latest experience with a more physical form of harassment, many of Canada’s leading politicians have come forward to share their support for the high-profile Liberal MP.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted to say, “Disgusting. There is no place in Canada for hate like this. While we may disagree on matters, we must always respect one another."

While Mississauga-Streetsville's MP, Gagan Sikand added, “It takes a lot of courage to put your name on a ballot. Despite party stripes, no candidate should face this kind of hatred."

Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, a clearly-upset McKenna said, “This is really beneath us as Canadians. I’m angry and, quite frankly, really disappointed.” She added that she’s “not sure” what message the act sends to the women and girls of all ages who all worked on her successful campaign. 

“It needs to stop,” she said.

McKenna replied to Ford on Twitter, simply saying, “Thanks Premier. I appreciate your words. Politics matters. We can disagree but let’s do it respectfully.”


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