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More signs vandalized for Kelowna election candidates

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal candidate Tim Krupa said some of his campaign signs were stolen and ended up in Grand Forks.
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September 12, 2021 - 4:35 PM

The Liberal candidate vying to become the next Kelowna-Lake Country MP says more of his campaign signs have been vandalized, which he thinks is related to rhetoric around COVID-19 and vaccinations.

“Throughout this campaign, we’ve been seeing some rhetoric out there that is quite concerning. We’ve seen it with our signs, we’ve seen rocks thrown at the prime minister and I think we saw it outside the other day with KGH. There’s something quite concerning and quite unfortunate about what’s going on, particularly around the dialogue in fighting COVID and the vaccinations,” said Tim Krupa.

“Our sign team has noticed this in a really significant way. Our campaign team got a call the other day from folks who were putting up signs in Grand Forks. They had stolen them from Kelowna and had transported them to Grand Forks."

This isn’t the first time during the election season that signs have been vandalized or stolen in the region. Incumbent and Conservative Party candidate Tracy Gray also reported more of her signs were vandalized last week.

“It's incredibly disappointing to see our signs constantly vandalized. They're paid for with donations and put up by our hard-working volunteers,” she said in a Facebook post.

Last month, multiple Okanagan candidates across parties also reported signs were vandalized or stolen.

READ MORE: Okanagan, Nicola election candidates have signs stolen, vandalized

Krupa said he’s also experienced harassment during the campaign.

“We need to come together to condemn this concerning rhetoric and pattern and move forward in a tolerant and compassionate way,” he said.

The federal election is Sept. 20.


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