Nova Scotia

Halifax neighbours duel it out with decorated election signs

A set of neighbours on Tower Road have been going all out to ensure their signs don’t start to look like part of the scenery.

Floodlights, flags and blinking Christmas lights deployed in friendly political rivalry

Two neighbours on Tower Road in Halifax have jazzed up their election signs in a friendly political rivalry. (Submitted by Malcolm Norton and Allan Robertson)

The long election campaign is sparking some creative responses from a set of Halifax neighbours who are trying to make sure their signs don't fade into the background.

For years, Malcolm Norton and his friends Allan and Stephanie Robertson have displayed their political inclinations on their respective lawns with little fanfare. 

But this year, they got fancy.

Norton says he rang his Liberal candidate's office immediately after the election was called and soon upgraded to a larger sign than the one he'd initially set up. And it didn't stop there. 

Allan Robertson says he and his wife returned from their cottage midway through the campaign, noticed the "rather large political sign" next door, and promptly ordered a double-sided NDP sign.

Floodlights and flags

The game was on.

Not to be outdone, Norton dug up some floodlights to make sure his sign wasn't overlooked. His counterpart installed Christmas lights.

Both neighbours say their Tower Road lawns next to Point Pleasant Park were too dark anyway. 

"It's been fun," Norton said. "It's been a lot of fun down here. We've been dressing up the signs, it's all in good humour."

"We descended into tackiness by putting up flashing Christmas lights," said Robertson. 

With lights in place, he said he and his wife looked at each other and decided they needed a little extra. That's when they put up two Canadian flags. 

Feather boas?

Norton says he contemplated a feather boas or a curtain, but figured he needed to draw the line somewhere. 

Now the neighbours are in a truce. Sort of. 

Robertson says they've put thoughts of further flourishes on hold, although NDP volunteers have installed a third, even larger sign on the fence of their corner lot.

So far, it is not decorated. 

The friendly competition between neighbours has been fun, but Norton says he's looking forward to the end of this campaign. 

"Oh my God. Just let it be done. Let's get it done and let it be over with." 


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.