We are of course completely opposed to this vandalism and we do not participate in any such acts. We believe that the vandalism of signs, though perhaps directed at the candidates and party's affected, is really an act of vandalism against our democratic system and show immaturity and utter contempt for the residents of this riding. We all have the right to be informed of who is running for elected office and to make up our own minds without the influence of crass and aggressive attempts to intimidate voters or silence candidates.


These 'sign wars' are unfortunately a sad reflection of the bitter partisan politics which have come to dominate our political culture of late, where the discussion of ideas and values has been replaced by attack ads, wedge issues, spin and branding, turning voters into fans who support one "team" and dismiss out of hand the ideas and supporters of other parties.