Campaign signs for two Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon candidates have been vandalized locally, an offence that could result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.
A volunteer with Conservative candidate Brad Vis’s campaign reported damage to a large sign on the north end of Main Street.
A representative of Liberal candidate Jati Sidhu’s campaign said some of their signs had also been tampered with.
“We have unfortunately had a few signs throughout the riding that have been either vandalized or removed without consent,” Kevin Tatla said.
“In Lillooet, we have had a few signs that have been removed without consent as well as a sign that was thrown into the creek. Luckily, we have seen that it had been thrown into the creek and ensured it was removed so as to not pollute the waterway.”
Nick Csaszar, with the Peoples Party of Canada said his campaign has been unaffected so far, adding they are only just getting their signs up so there hasn’t been much chance to mess with them.
“Not so far. Although we were late in receiving our sign shipment so they are still being erected,” Csaszar said.
“I have heard similar stories across the country through our PPC candidates’ forum. It does not seem to target only one party but has been across party lines so to speak.”
NDP candidate Michael Nenn also had no damage to report.
“To date I have received no indication that any of our signs in the riding have been vandalized,” Nenn said.
“As the NDP candidate, I would also say that any tampering of any election signs during the writ is illegal and a disservice to free speech and democracy and goes against the NDP’s values of respect and inclusiveness.”
Green Party candidate John Kidder was also unaware of any tampering with his campaign signs.