General · 21st October 2011
Islanders go to the polls on November 19 to decide who will represent them as Regional Director. Over the next days and weeks both candidates – incumbent Regional Director Jim Abram and Shawn O'Connor, a businessman employed by the Cape Mudge Band – will be placing signage on the island and distributing their election materials.
Signage put up by Regional Director Jim Abram was defaced overnight with a series of spray-painted red X's. The RCMP warns that this action constitutes defacement of public property and is punishable by heavy fines under the Criminal Code. Police will be on the lookout for the offenders.
Here at The Gumboot we urge the candidates' supporters to exercise respect for one other and for the democratic process. Defacing election signage runs counter to the law of the land, is mean-spirited, and can have a negative impact on the candidate whose signs are not vandalized. Our candidates do not need or want this kind of 'assistance' from so-called supporters. Senseless vandalism benefits no one. Our island, our candidates, and this election all deserve better.