NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A second BC election candidate has taken to social media to share a picture of swastika graffiti on one of her election campaign signs.
In a post on Twitter last night, Naomi Yamamoto, the BC Liberal Candidate for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, showed her sign had been defaced. She commented: “This is not my BC.” Yamamoto is chasing a third-term as an MLA in that riding.
Today, in response to Yamamoto’s tweet, the NDP Candidate for the same riding, Bowinn Ma, tweeted a photo of her own vandalized campaign sign.
— Bowinn Ma, P.Eng (@BowinnMa) April 17, 2017
In a further tweet to Yamamoto, she said “We stand with you against racism and hate.”
Joshua Johnson, who is a BC Green Party candidate on the North Shore, was quick to chime in as well saying, “Regardless of political views, this extremely offensive display is completely unacceptable. Greens stand against it too.”
— Joshua Johnson (@joshasjohnson) April 17, 2017
Greg Powell, another BC Green Party candidate in Richmond also took to social media to say, “I’m so sorry that happened. Nobody should have to experience that.”
Yamamoto sent NEWS 1130 a statement. “I’ve really appreciated all the supportive messages from friends and strangers. It was good to hear that from people from all parties as well. Just want to focus on a positive campaign message in North Vancouver. Feel bad for my sign guys, they’ve spent more time cleaning up smashed signs then they should.”
NEWS 1130 has spoken with North Vancouver RCMP who said they were unaware of the vandalism saying no report or complaint was filed.
Vandalized election signs is really nothing new in Metro Vancouver with some candidates complaining about their signs being damaged or destroyed during the federal election campaign back in 2015.