Calgary

Independent's sign in Calgary Northeast too similar, Conservatives say

A top official in the Conservative Party of Canada says an independent Calgary candidate's election signs look too similar to the party's posters.

A top official in the Conservative Party of Canada says an independent Calgary candidate's election signs look too similar to the party's posters.

Independent Roger Richard's signs in the riding of Calgary Northeast are the same shade of blue as rival Conservative candidate Devinder Shory's signs.

They have similar white lettering and a similar red banner in the top left-hand corner. They also have the word "Conservative" printed on them.

The big difference is that the Conservative party logo does not appear on Richard's signs.

Don Plett, president of the Conservative party's national council, said the party is looking at whether it can stop Richards from using the signs.

"We are talking to Elections Canada, and that is one of the things that we are asking Elections Canada to look at, because it is very, very close to what our signs are."

Richard calls himself the "alternative choice conservative candidate."

"There's no doubt I am running as an independent conservative, so what don't they like about the signs?" he said. "They both use the word conservative, and maybe that's what they don't like."

As for taking the issue to Elections Canada, Richard said: "They can be my guest."

While Richard has numerous pictures of Conservative Leader Stephen Harper in his campaign office, Plett said Harper doesn't support Richard's candidacy.

"The prime minister needs to sign the nomination papers for all of our candidates. He's signed the nomination papers for Devinder Shory. He is our candidate. He's the candidate that the prime minister is supporting," Plett said.

Also running in the riding are Green candidate Abeed Ahmad, Liberal Sanam Kang, independent Daniel Blanchard and the NDP's Vinay Dey.

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