Campaign Trail


Sunday, October 7, 2007 | 08:19 AM ET

It took a while, but the streets of St. John's finally look like there's an election underway. Major thoroughfares are lined with blue, red and orange, although I have to agree with a Telegram editorial of a few days ago, which noted that - at least on the northeast Avalon - "the number of signs pounded into public property vastly outnumber the signs that voters have agreed to have on their own land."

That being said, we've also noticed some signage oddities along the campaign trail ... some of which we've mentioned on the air. First, a refresher:


Above is an image of Danny Williams, on his first trip to Torngat Mountains district in Labrador, to campaign with candidate Patty Pottle. (The second visit, this week, you may recall, is when Williams all but promised voters that Pottle will get a cabinet seat if she wins.) A quick look at the spelling of the district will let you know that there's not much time for proofreading in the haste to get signs made.
[UPDATE: The PC campaign called to say that "Torngait" is how many Inuit spell the word.]

For our second image, here's a question: how possessive is Danny Williams, anyway?


Our eagle-eyed reporter-slash-grammarian Doug Greer spotted this error while interviewing Humber East incumbent Tom Marshall, who - to his credit - fessed up to not catching the cat-apostrophe on his sign. No need for that little bit of punctuation, as Williams is the modifier in this phrase. (Grammar fans, all two of you, may be interested to know that style on expressing the premier's name in a possessive form is to say, for instance, "Williams's team," but without the "the." )


Recycling is a good thing, even on the campaign trail. Gemma Schlamp-Hickey, running for the NDP in St. John's East, is making good use of signs she evidently had made earlier this year ... for the byelection in Kilbride district. A close look at the photo above shows how easy it is to freshen up a perfectly good sign.


Speaking of recycling, Doug noticed this sign amid a display of signage at the Liberal party campaign launch a few weeks back. Is it just us, or does that blue lettering on some Simon Lono signs - with red banners stickered across - suggest the signs were retailored from some other use (municipal campaign, perhaps), or what?
- John Gushue

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Ed Hollett

St John's

Yep, those Lono signs were left over from the municipal campaign in 2005 and were used at the start of the provincial campaign before new signs could be printed.

Election signage is expensive and so people tend to re-cycle them. My favourite so far are
Tom Osborne's working member signs. They might go back to when he was first elected (there's a photo of one of those at Bond).

Posted October 8, 2007 03:38 PM

Don Singleton

Goose Bay

Torngat v Torngait

While Torngat Mountains is the official spelling for the name of the district, Torngait Mountains is correct.

In Inuktitut, Torngat is the singular. Torngait is the plural. The pronunciation is the same.

Posted October 9, 2007 02:34 PM

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