New Brunswick

Saint John Liberal candidate upset over missing signs

Saint John-Rothesay Liberal candidate Wayne Long wants his signs back. After putting up dozens of "Stop Harper" signs Wednesday, only a few remain. By Thursday morning all but a few were gone.
Wayne Long says dozens of the "Stop Harper" signs he erected have been taken away (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

Saint John-Rothesay Liberal candidate Wayne Long wants his signs back.

After putting up dozens of "Stop Harper" signs Wednesday, only a few remain. By Thursday morning all but a few were gone.

The signs were erected below those for Conservative candidate Rodney Weston.

Long isn't pointing fingers at who exactly took them, but believes it was a Conservative supporter.

"Last night we put up 75 to 80 signs and I think there's about three or four of them left … it's just disappointing."

Long isn't pointing the finger at Weston's campaign for the disappearance, but believes it's clear a Conservative supporter wasn't impressed by them.

Weston's campaign has denied any involvement and issued this statement:

"Damaging and/or removing election signs is unlawful, is completely unacceptable and is in no way condoned or supported by the Rodney Weston campaign."

This isn't the first case of sign shenanigans.

Fredericton Conservative candidate Keith Ashfield had several defaced.

And in Stephen Harper's Calgary riding, 25 NDP signs disappeared over a week.

The missing signs were official campaign signs, which means Wayne Long can refer the case to Elections Canada or the police.

He hasn't made a decision about that yet, but says he'll put up more "Stop Harper" signs as soon as they're ready.

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Matthew Bingley is a CBC reporter based in Saint John.

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