The campaign for Elizabeth May, MP and federal Green Party leader, has reported a number of signs missing in the last few days. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Green Party campaign says signs taken from lawns

More than 23 signs missing from Saanich–Gulf Islands riding

The local campaign for federal Green Party leader and MP Elizabeth May has reported more than 23 signs either missing or vandalized.

“It’s annoying,” said campaign manger Michael Strumberger. “But it’s not a surprise. This is not new.”

On Monday the party reported at least 15 signs stolen or vandalized in 24 hours, but that number has since jumped, says Strumberger. With many signs reported missing from homeowners’ lawns.

The alleged thefts comes a few days after Victoria People’s Party of Canada candidate Alyson Culbert reported similar crimes.

RELATED: Victoria People’s Party candidate says campaign signs stolen around city

Strumberger said the Saanich-Gulf Islands candidate’s signs were not costly and had been recycled from previous elections – this is May’s third time running and second re-election campaign – but he calls the potential sign theft an act of silencing.

“It’s anti-democratic and it’s taking away people’s voice,” he said. “People don’t put up these signs because we ask them to … the lawn signs are there because people want them.

You take away their sign, you take away their voice.”

Election signs are the property of campaign organizations and anyone vandalizing or removing signs without authorization can be charged with property theft or damage. Campaigns have to comply with rules around their placement, but anyone concerned about a sign in a prohibited area is asked to contact their municipality rather than remove the sign themselves.

READ ALSO: Elizabeth May predicts ‘likely’ more Greens elected in Greater Victoria

Strumberger adds that anyone stealing Elizabeth May signs because their want their own can pick up a sign from the campaign office at 9775 Second Street, Sidney or call the office at 778-351-3335.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Claremont Spartans win the inaugural Senior Girls’ AAAA Basketball Island Championship

Claremont Spartans win their Feb. 15 game agains the Royal Bay Ravens 71 - 64

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Sidney company tastes sweet success with sugar kelp

Cascadia Seaweed is experiencing rapid growth after launching six months ago

North Saanich floats tougher policies for buoys and moorings near Tsehum Harbour

Municipality also considers additional collaboration with Sidney and other communities

Westin Bear Mountain invests $2 million to renovate newly-named spa

‘Amatista Spa’ has yet to announce official opening date

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Most Read