November 06, 2015 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - The election was over more than two weeks ago but taggers in Kamloops either haven't heard or just want to make sure their delayed political message, while sometimes misspelled, is still heard.
Anti-Harper graffiti was around before the election started, but according to Graffiti Task Force director Ronnie Bouvier, the tagging has increased since the Liberals formed a majority government with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the helm.
“It is not a political statement and I feel confident enough in saying that, since it’s after the election,” Bouvier says, adding Premier Christy Clark’s name is also randomly being used in tags.
“It’s vandalism. If you really want to make a statement, why not go and vote?" she says.
The words F*** Harper have turned up throughout the city, most recently on a retaining wall of a private property near Overlanders Bridge. That tag was large enough to cover 480 square feet of wall, Bouvier says. She notes when a private property is tagged, she and her staff are unable to clean it up unless the property owner contacts the city's Bylaw Enforcement Division.
She says the number of tags keeps growing.
“We just removed three yesterday," she says. "This is tomfoolery when you’re putting it up after an election."
Bouvier says while most have been painted on walls, the tags have also appeared on stop signs throughout the city.
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