Vandals target federal election signs

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Crews have been busy the past few days cleaning up and repairing damaged signs for federal election candidates.

The vandalism is a criminal offence that seems to arise any time there's an election.

Sherri LeBlanc Richard, campaign manager for Conservative candidate Joel Bernard, said it had a half a dozen signs damaged during the weekend.

"Signs are costly, they're a necessary part of a campaign and it's disappointing that they get destroyed or go missing," she said.

She has been involved in more than a dozen elections, representing federal and provincial ridings, during the past 30 years. While she said it is a common occurrence during a campaign it has an affect on the campaign supporters.

"We had a crew out (Sunday) putting up more signs as well as repairing or replacing the ones that were damaged over the weekend," she said. "We would much sooner spend our time introducing our candidate to the riding."

Liberal candidate Tracy Parsons called it "disgraceful." She was aware of one of her signs being removed and another being damaged.

"These things cost money, they're there to remind people of an election and it would be nice if they all stayed up," she said.

NDP candidate Karen Olsson has had some of her signs damaged, She said her first reaction was "that's not fair and how mean."

"If you don't like the NDP you can express it by not voting for them," she said. "But destroying signs, that destroys other peoples' right to know about the party."

Independent candidate Bill Casey has also had signs damaged but "no more than usual." He has had more than 1,200 requests for signs this election, with people in Metro Halifax and Prince Edward Island asking for a sign to support Casey despite being outside the riding.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Ron
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    You never know, maybe in a few years, a Bill Casey election sign might be worth a few dollars on ebay. They seem to be collectible enough now.
    As far as screwing things up in CCMV, I think that's subjective. Personally, I think he's done nothing to harm me as far as an elected official goes. At least he goes by the wishes of the people that voted him in there, which seems to be the exact opposite of what's been done to the people who voted for Puppet Mackay.

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    Rest easy. In the Ontario riding of Halton (Garth Turner's riding) people are having their houses vandalized and their brake lines cut.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    Mr. or Mrs. Speaker, all I see is a new hospital, new schools, new roads, new stadium. what projects are being taking away? Negativity? I think you are guilty of that and what money hasn't gone to the people? back up your charges man otherwise you are just making this up.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:45

    Getting requests from other ridings in HRM and PEI for signs may be another thing to brag about but do they really want him to go into their ridings and screw them up like he did to CCMV ? IMO

  • Luc
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    Sign damage happens all the time. It's the cost of doing business.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:29

    Ron ----what has been done to the people who voted for Puppet MacKay ?

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:29

    Ron ----all i see in Mr MacKay's riding is good positive news ,projects being approved ,money being spent over and above legislated entitlements . He is in charge of ACOA and is a Cabinet Minister .The people and the MP are in the game and moving forward . On the otherhand in Mr Casey's riding all i see are projects being taken away,a kicked out of Government MP ,negativity galore,and instead of money going out to the people via projects all we get is Bill asking the people to give him money .The people and MP are not in the game and they are moving backward . IMO