Donna Barnett election signs vandalized
Several large “Re-Elect Donna Barnett” election signs were vandalized overnight between April 19-20.
Barnett, the Liberal candidate and incumbent MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin, says when she returned home from the all candidate’s meeting in 108 Mile Ranch on Wednesday evening she didn’t think she saw the vandalism, however, coming into 100 Mile House on Thursday morning she noticed the red spray paint across the signs.
Several signs in Lone Butte and along Horse Lake Rd. were vandalized.
The signs are marked with a large ‘A’ within a circle, a symbol commonly used to signify anarchy.
NDP and Green Party signs nearby were left untouched.
“There is no excuse for vandalism,” says Barnett.
“To me it is disgusting and whoever did it should not be proud of themselves. We will get to the bottom of this.”
Barnett has contacted the RCMP and hopes whoever destroyed the signs will be found.
“Those people should then be taken to task. To destroy other people’s property, whether they are my signs or anybody’s signs is unacceptable.”
Barnett hopes that surveillance cameras in Lone Butte may have caught the vandals on tape.
“It’s such an issue for me because it’s a campaign that we would like to keep clean. Why are my signs targeted? I don’t see anybody else’s targeted. If somebody is brave, come forward and admit you did it. Take responsibility for your actions.”
All of the candidates have condemned the vandalism.
“It’s quite awful and who would bother to do it? The democratic process is important. It is important for all of us to run,” says Sally Watson, the NDP candidate. She says a couple of her signs were vandalized in Williams Lake as well.
“It certainly is not helpful to anybody at all. Vandalism doesn’t help anything,” she says.
“I hope this doesn’t carry on and I hope that we can run a civilized campaign.”
Rita Giesbrecht, the Green Party candidate, echoes the sentiment, calling the vandalism “appallingly childish.”
“I certainly would never ever condone any such behaviour and I sincerely hope that it isn’t anybody who thinks they are representing my interests,” she says.
“We are so privileged to live in a democracy where we have a free and open public discourse and a secure democratic voting process, so we don’t need that kind of activity here.”