Late Monday night, the Harper campaign’s tour bus coasted into Toronto, smoke emitting from the entire vehicle.
Shortly afterwards, MetaCanada reporter Nick Beard was removed from the campaign bus, and officially booted from the media team travelling with the Conservatives.
It was reported that Beard was smoking a marijuana cigarette in the bus washroom.
When fellow journalists smelled the familiar odour, they reported it to bus security.
“This is not something we tolerate on our campaign,” said Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke. “Mr. Beard has been removed from the bus and MetaCanada has had it’s CPC accreditation revoked for the duration of this campaign.”
Shortly after the incident, MetaCanada issued the following statement:
“The actions of Nick Beard do not reflect the values and standards that MetaCanada strains to uphold. His actions were unacceptable.
“Effectively immediately, Mr. Beard is no longer employed by MetaCanada.
“We unreservedly apologize to the Conservative campaign for the negative attention this has brought your campaign.
“MetaCanada will continue to report objectively on this election, without our Conservative road reporter.”
Nick Beard’s previous accomplishments include the direction of an award-winning segment documenting the plight of Kurdish refugees, as well as an exposé on fellow reporter Andy Blatchford.