Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed disgust yesterday that a man had urinated on the National War Memorial on Canada Day, calling it a "terrible thing to do."
But the PM said he does not believe the incident represented how Canadians feel about veterans. "As you know, often people who get carried away do thoughtless things," he told Ottawa radio station CFRA. "Certainly my impression is it doesn't represent in any way the views of any segment of Canadian society. I think we all strongly honour our vets."
Michael Pilon, a retired major, said people cheered and laughed as he snapped photos of the man relieving himself.
Ottawa Police Detective Mike Walker said police contacted Mr. Pilon for information and will pursue a charge of public mischief.
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