Just when you thought that this was a straight-up issues based election, the dirty tactics have come out. On my way to work this morning I noticed an Anthony MacDonald election sign on the corner of Willow Rd. and Imperial Rd. extremely defaced with black paint. Although election signs from all four major parties were on that corner, only Progressive Conservative MacDonald's were vandalized. Of course vandalizing election signs is not a new sport, and even targeted partisan vandalism has been a tool of select delinquent politicos in Guelph in the recent past. It's a sad statement that seemingly well-meaning people of different political persuasions can't discuss the issues without either the extremists or the pranksters making it harder.
The MacDonald sign at the corner of Willow and Imperial was replaced by this afternoon, as shown above, but as fate would have it, I didn't have to go far to find more vandalized signs.
This one was near the entrance of the West End Rec Centre, and as you can see...
...They got both sides.
This one was on the corner of Imperial Rd. and Paisley St. Again, other party signs are on the same corner, but they are virtually unscathed. The closest thing I could find to a damaged sign amongst the other three main parties was this James Gordon sign, which seems to have been purposefully bent in the middle, as if someone might have kicked it, but that's hardly conclusive.
I didn't go any further south than Paisley, but along Paisley, where there are a number of MacDonald signs on the lawns of private homes, and it seems the vandals didn't head to, or come from, the east on Paisley. Again, the other parties' signs remained untouched.
Hopefully this is an isolated case, and hopefully this isn't anything more than bored/drunk/demented souls looking for a "good time" and not a political statement meant to intimidate or threaten MacDonald or potential MacDonald voters. We claim to hate politics as usual and say we want discourse that aims hire, but sadly this has become politics as usual. As we head into the home stretch of the campaign let's all of us try to rise above this, shall we?