Liberal candidate’s signs “targeted” in Nepean-Carleton

The campaign of Liberal candidate Ryan Keon says several of his campaign signs around the Nepean – Carleton riding were vandalized overnight, with ominous cross-hairs spray-painted over his face.

More than 100 signs were damaged in Greely, Kars, Manotick, Metcalfe, and Osgoode, all communities south of Ottawa, the campaign said, at a cost of about $2,000.

Keon is running as a long-shot to unseat Conservative incumbent Pierre Poilievre.

Keon’s campaign issued a press release today:

Keon’s public signs were tagged overnight with black spray paint in which a shooting target was spray painted over the head shot on his signs. The signs were also tagged with graphic and explicit messages on the signs.

“This really is a direct attack on our democracy. This election is about presenting myself as a viable alternative to the current Member of Parliament. I have two young children at home, and I now have to explain to them why their father’s picture on my campaign signs has a bulls-eye on my head. It’s incredibly disturbing to me, my family and to our democracy,” concluded Keon.

While Keon isn’t pointing the finger at any of the other candidates, his campaign has referred the matter to the Ottawa Police Service.

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9 thoughts on “Liberal candidate’s signs “targeted” in Nepean-Carleton

  1. This is truly appalling. This story needs to go across the country. I really hope you remain involved in the campaign. I am sorry this has happened to you.

    • This is tragic and unacceptable.
      The persons responsible for this live in the rural areas of the riding.
      They are no no doubt unemployed and CARRY A GUN!

      Mr Harper, what say you?

      • Whether or not a gun owner did this, it is really rude to jump to the conclusion that a gun owner did. How would you like it Marilyn if somebody blamed women for something like this? Did they, probably not. But pointing fingers at people we already hate and jumping to conclusions about them won’t help us at all.

  2. For people not voting Conservative, polls will give the impression that there is no hope.

    GO VOTE ANYWAY!

    Staying at home only exacerbates the problem.

    But VOTE SMART.

    Inform yourselves and vote for the candidate most likely to to topple the Conservative candidate in your area; the alternatives are similar enough that it won’t hurt if it’s not your #1 choice. Not as much as the worst case scneraio, anyway oO

    Now get out there and make a difference! 🙂

  3. Signs being vandalized is nothing new. I volunteered in various campaigns since 1968 and have had to replace almost as many signs as were originally posted. This happens to all parties so I wouldn’t get to upset about it.

  4. That riding has to be one desperate riding to have Pierre as their candidate? Good grief are any of you actually Canadians?

    • Except it was across Ottawa West Nepean too and only targeted Liberals. Even where multiple party signs were clustered, only Libs got the target. Green and NDP signs missing or knocked down. Only CPC signs left alone

      200 signs across 2 ridings targeted.

      Sorry, if you and Ontario Girl don’t want to condemn this clear intimidation, then you really have issues

  5. My first thought on seeing the photo was not the cross-hairs but the Celtic cross that has been hijacked by the neo-nazis. Either one is not very pleasant.

  6. Not another Liberal with damaged signs. When ever they are the underdogs the Liberals attempt to manufacture a sympathy vote for themselves. Remember Liberal Carolyn Bennett? Democracy and Ethics? Look in your own back yard. Pathetic.

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