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'Offensive to the whole electoral process': Vandals tag People's Party signs in Kelowna

The RCMP was notified after three campaign signs were vandalized in West Kelowna last week.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / ALLAN DUNCAN
October 07, 2019 - 7:00 AM

WEST KELOWNA - It’s a move that shows disrespect for the entire democratic process.

That’s the message of Allan Duncan, People’s Party of Canada candidate for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding after three of his campaign signs were vandalized last week. The word “fascist?” was spray-painted across Duncan’s name in all capital letters.

“It feels hurtful to have such an ugly label imposed across my name,” Duncan said. “Especially since I and the PPC are pursuing the conservation of liberty in our democracy, which is the opposite sentiment of the label spray-painted over our sign.”

Duncan said only his signs were targeted. The three signs, which were on the side of Highway 97 in West Kelowna near the bridge, were later removed. Of those three signs, two were broken. A complaint was submitted to the RCMP that same day.

According to Elections Canada, damage to a campaign sign is destruction of private property and is a criminal offence.

“The message is offensive to the whole electoral process and I am not interested in it remaining on our signs,” Duncan said. “Canadians are free to hold a wide spectrum of opinions on political policy and I am grateful to be part of this election’s collective conversation as we decide our representation going forward.”

New signs may be put in that or a new location to replace the three that were damaged, Duncan said.

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