Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
Flak fired at Pierre Leroux over Vanier video
A Facebook video for Pierre Leroux’s campaign as Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell put him in hot water instead.
Leroux posted an animated “get to know me” video on his Facebook page May 8 about himself as a former resident of Vanier on his Facebook page May 8 but removed it later that same day after a storm of complaints from both people living in this Ottawa neighborhood and also his political opponents.
The focus of the complaints is the video’s depiction of Vanier as a crime-ridden slum area (see photo). Leroux defended the animated video at first as a humourous attempt at introducing himself to potential voters in the part of the GPR which borders on Ottawa area ridings.
Leroux grew up in Vanier and explained to media that before he and his family moved out of the area and over to Russell Township, his home had been broken into twice. He said that the area has changed a lot since he lived there but that anyone who grew up in Vanier and has a sense of humour would laugh at the video.
Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod of Nepean-Carleton both criticized the animated video, calling it unfair in how it portrays the Vanier community. Several Vanier area residents also posted their objections to the video through Facebook and Twitter.
The video was later removed and replaced with another, more positive video about the Vanier area, and Leroux posted a brief statement on his Facebook page.
"It has come to my attention, that some persons have misconstrued a portion of my video, as an attack on the residents of Vanier,” he stated. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I take full responsibility for the video — which has now been taken down."
During a phone interview Monday May 14, Leroux stated he will be “more aware” now of how items posted on social media might be viewed by others along with the risk of misinterpretation or misunderstanding.