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Vandalism done to Liberal supporters signs, properties, and cars in Guelph

There was a shocking display of election vandalism going on in Guelph last night. In this instance, homes with Liberal signs were targeted. Liberal supporters signs and houses were spray-painted with graffiti (it appears that at least 10 homes were vandalized), and at least 6 cars were keyed and their cars brake lines were tampered with and cut. This is more then just a prank – someone could have been killed if they hadn’t noticed and went driving off in their car.

Here are some pictures of the vandalism.

There was a joint news release from all 4 campaigns. It reads as follows:

Frank Valeriote, Tom King, Mike Nagy and Gloria Kovach denounce criminal damage to property: Joint Statement

GUELPH — August 29, 2008 – Frank Valeriote along with the other candidates in the Guelph by-election have unequivocally denounced the criminal damage that was done to at least ten homes and 6 vehicles in Guelph which had Frank Valeriote lawn signs in the early hours of Friday morning. They made their statements at the home of one of the victims this afternoon.

Families woke up in the early morning to see the brickwork of their houses spray painted with political graffiti as well as the brake lines to their automobiles cut.

This violence follows on the extensive damage to campaign signs that has been occurring to varying degrees to Liberal, Conservative, NDP, and Green signs throughout the by-election period.

“What happened in the early hours today is a despicable and cowardly act that endangered innocent people’s lives,” said Valeriote. “The cutting of the brake lines was intended to at the very least to severely injure people, who have chosen to participate in one of the most important processes this country has to offer to its citizens- they chose to exercise this right and have a political sign on their lawn. We live in a lawful and peaceful society where we have the freedom to express ourselves politically. No one should be subject to this kind of violence and intimidation,” Valeriote concluded.

Frank Valeriote and Tom King spent most of the day visiting and consoling the owners of the houses that have been criminally vandalized. “I join Frank Valeriote in condemning these vicious attacks in our
community,” said Tom King. “The vandalism to political signs and the targeting of private homes and property must stop immediately. This kind of activity has nothing to do with the NDP or the Liberals. We’re sad to see politics take such an ugly turn. We hope the police will find the criminals responsible and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

“Greens totally disapprove of any acts of vandalism. Political motivated attacks on people’s homes and property insults the values that Canadians hold sacred regarding safe a free elections” said Mike Nagy.

Gloria Kovach agreed with all the candidates stating ” This is an escalation in behaviour and his kind of activity has no place in Guelph especially whe we all strive for free and fair process”.

All the candidates denounce the criminal violence, and give their sympathies to the victims whose private property was damaged.

This is a disgusting display of voter intimidation in defiance of the principles of democracy. No one should be targeted like this for expressing their support for a political group.  All types of vandalism to all parties supporters is the same and should be utterly condemned. In this instance, it could also have resulted in serious injury or death for those who had their car brakes tampered with.

UPDATE: If you want to see someone with the type of Neanderthal mentality to do this type of behaviour, go read CDLU’s blogpost on this, and read the first comment in there from “Tom Robinson” aka “Johnathon”, who has been banned from several Liberal and Progressive BLogger sites for leaving stuff like he has at David’s,  and a lot worse stuff that is bigoted and racist. I’m sure he’s actually applauding this type of despicable behaviour. If you get someone that leaves stuff similar to this, this loser’s IP he uses is usually


18 comments to Vandalism done to Liberal supporters signs, properties, and cars in Guelph

  • Harry, you’ve clearly used the Occam’s Razor reference without understanding what it means.

  • ALW

    Vandalizing signs happens all the time – but spray painting homes and especially cutting brake lines are very serious. This is criminal activity, pure and simple. Whoever perpetrated these acts, if caught, should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    It’s pure speculation as to who’s responsible. It could have been Tories framing Dippers, Dippers framing Tories by framing themselves, Liberals framing either, or (most likely in my view) just some demented sicko who was more interested in harming people than in politics.

    Frankly I don’t think it matters at all which party the perpetrators support, because it goes without saying no party would ever, ever, countenance this kind of activity or behaviour. It would be like saying that if a person went to a particular church every week and then committed a murder, that the entire church should be castigated – which is ridiculous.

    I hope they catch the idiot(s) who did this for public safety’s sake!

  • Harry S

    @BlastFurnace – Now this is what I would call “trolling” .. and vicious smearmongering too.

  • You expect this kind of thing in Zimbabwe, or Pakistan, or Russia — but not in Canada. This is a total disgrace. I totally agree prison time is warranted in this case; in fact tampering with brake lines should be considered attempted murder.

    Who’s behind it? I don’t know without definite proof; but if it turns out that it is rogue Conservatives, Harper will have a lot of questions to answer.

  • Ted

    This act of convinces me that we need a Harper majority. Criminals like this need to be punished, and not receive house arrest.

  • Harry.. you’re not turning my site into a troll-fest like you did at Garth’s. I’ll leave the postings up for now.. but you can go somewhere else to leave your spewing.

  • Harry S

    Not credible … 10 Liberal houses spray painted besides bedroom windows requiring ladders and 6 Liberal cars dinged up and damaged … and nobody even woke up to all the commotion???

    Yeah .. shuuuuure …LOL

  • Harry S

    @slg – If you want to read ‘hatred’ go to Garth’s forum … it’s filled with hatred and venom .. all approved by Herr Garth.

  • Harry S

    Occam’s Razor … the Liberals have most likely self-inflicted these faux-attacks upon themselves just to garner sympathy and get their names in the media … that’s how desperate they are in Guelph.

    Imagine, 10 Liberal homes and 6 Liberal cars … and since the election signs of all parties have been defaced during the summer holidays, the Liberals capitalize and deface and destroy their own properties just to gain sympathy and be able to accuse others, like the Conservatives, of illegal acts. You would have thought that spray painting was enough, but Liberals had to sabotage their cars too just to make it look more .. realistic …LOL

    I’ll bet the Guelph police consider these Liberals as “persons of interest” …LOL

    (Btw .. I abandoned Garth because of the election circus atmosphere on his fine forum and I didn’t want to piss on his parade … and I wasn’t banned …LOL)

  • Cathy

    Isn’t this what happens when right-wingers get uppity?

    PS: Why do Reich-wingers get to consolidate their vote and progressives have to divide ours between several parties. It’s time for a progressive party of Canada!

  • Tricia

    Wasn’t there a similar episode after Martha Hall Findley’s win? Liberal supporters had their tires slashed. I hope the police go all out to catch the people who did this.

  • slg

    Sure sets a glowing picture of the people of Guelph doesn’t it.

    My view – Harper is responsible, indirectly, for this.

    He has governed and spewed hatred and revved up hatred.

    Harper is creating monsters – he’s influencing criminal activity.

  • tdwebste

    Unfortunately of forewarning of whats to come in the up coming election. Care needs to be taken to insure people who play dirty tricks don’t get away with it.

  • gabe

    Terrorism, pure and simple. We can only hope that somewhere along their trail of destruction they left some clue as to their identity.

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