CALGARY — A candidate running for the Alberta Party in next month’s provincial election says she was brought to tears when she learned profanity and racial slurs had been scrawled on one of her large campaign signs.
Joanne Gui says she learned of the vandalism after one of her volunteers came across it in a northwest neighbourhood on Thursday and sent her a photograph.
Gui, who is making her first foray into politics, says she never expected to be attacked for her Chinese ancestry.
She says she has been overwhelmed by messages of support from fellow party members.
Calgary police confirm an investigation is underway into the graffiti.
Albertans go to the polls on April 16.
“In this day and age, this kind of thing is still happening? It’s shocking,” said Gui, who moved to Canada 28 years ago. The Calgary-Edgemont candidate said at first she thought she could handle the vandalism, but that changed when her friends called her.
“I got emotional and cried,” said Gui. “I’m a visible minority but I am Canadian … as Canadian as everybody who chooses to live in this land.”
The vandalism prompted Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel to condemn the crime.
“In today’s Alberta there is no place for this. It’s quite sickening, to be honest with you,” he said.
Deborah Drever, the NDP candidate for Calgary-Bow, also had one of her signs defaced. She posted a message on Twitter to say someone had written “death to Marxists” on it.
The vandalism to Gui’s sign was spotted on the same day as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
(CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press