Two local candidates who have had their federal election campaign signs vandalized with graffiti say the actions are disrespectful, noting there are better ways to state an opinion.
NDP candidate Cynthia Egli — whose campaign signs only recently started popping up around Kamloops given her short time on the campaign trail — and the Green Party’s Iain Currie each had a sign defaced with purple graffiti.
The signs are at the intersection of Westsyde Road and Eighth Street.
Scrawled across Egli’s sign was the phrase “all your $$$,” while “PPC” was written on Currie’s placard.
Egli said the sign has since been removed. Currie said he was notified his sign was vandalized on Thursday and volunteers have since cleaned the graffiti off the sign.
Egli said she feels sorry for people who take time out of their day to vandalize election signs.
“If they don’t want to vote for the NDP, they don’t have to and, personally, I think they’re giving us free publicity,” she said.
Egli said people have a right to their own opinions, adding it would be more constructive to engage the candidate with criticism.
“If people really want to have an actual conversation about whether they disagree with the policies or not, they can call me,” she said.
Currie said the best way to get a point across in an election is to vote.
“If you don’t like what the Green Party stands for, vote for one of the other people,” he said, noting he does not think anyone from the People’s Party of Canada campaign was responsible for vandalizing the sign.
“I disagree with almost everything [PPC candidate] Ken [Finlayson] says about his politics, but he’s a decent guy, very cordial and friendly,” Currie said.
Currie also noted a couple of drivers flipped him the bird while he and volunteers were waving signs at passing motorists on Tuesday morning on the north side of Overlanders Bridge.
“I wasn’t surprised by that,” he said.