LETTER: Not in the spirit

On the weekend I was disappointed to see the Ed Fast campaign had placed election signs along Hwy. 11

On the weekend I was disappointed to see the Ed Fast campaign had placed election signs along Hwy. 11. A recently enacted Abbotsford bylaw permits such election signage at a handful of designated locations and on lawns of homeowners and tenants who wish to make clear to their neighbours which candidate they are supporting.

I decided to visit the Fast campaign office to see why they were putting up signs willy-nilly along the highway. Ed Fast had just pulled into the parking lot to pick up a member of his team.

The shoulder of the highway is provincial land, not the city’s, so we can put them up there, was how he explained his signs.

I told him I thought the proliferation of his signs in space not designated by the city bylaw was against the spirit of the city’s aim to not have our streets cluttered with election signage. A spirit all campaigns except Fast’s have honoured to date.

You would think a Conservative candidate would be a little more reluctant to lean on a legal technicality given the recent trouble and bad light the prime minister, the prime minister’s closest advisers and the prime minister’s Senate appointees have found themselves in lately.

Randal Dillon

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