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Vandalism a sign of the election campaign times

Once again, election signs are being vandalized, but Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP candidate Bill Sundhu said "the destruction of our signs is clearly targeted and sending an underlying, but clear message of hate and intolerance.”
election signs damaged
KTW came across these signs on Aug. 31, 2021, near the Summit Drive entrance to Highway 1 in Sahali.

Federal election candidates’ signs now dot the local landscape in a bid for voters’ attention.

Some are faring better than others.

The destruction and defacement of NDP election signs is “a targeted assault that is making people of colour feel attacked and vulnerable in their own community,” according to Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP candidate Bill Sundhu.

“People of colour who live here need — and deserve — to feel safe here,” Sundhu said. “The destruction of our signs is clearly targeted and sending an underlying, but clear message of hate and intolerance.”

Sundhu said 15 large Bill Sundhu/ Jagmeet Singh election signs have been destroyed or defaced with obscene graffiti.

In some cases, Sundhu said, signs have been destroyed while the signs of other candidates in the same location have been left untouched.

KTW has noted a number of locations in Kamloops where NDP, Green and Conservative elections signs have been damaged, while similar vandalism was seen in the 2020 provincial election, 2019 federal election and 2018 civic election.