The BC Liberals are denying that leader Christy Clark blamed the NDP for a swastika spray-painted on the signs of one of their candidates.
In her answer to a media request for comment over the hate-graffiti sprayed on one of Naomi Yamamoto’s signs, Clark appeared to imply it was part of election dirty tricks.
“People do bad stuff during election campaigns, there’s always lots of people damaging signs, you know, so, I guess… I try not to think what the other guys are doing, what all the negative people are doing because I’m thinking a lot about a really positive bright future for our kids.”
Clark went on to say, “I know this is going to be an ugly, mean, dirty campaign that’s what the NDP have promised us again and again. I’m determined to make sure that we talk about a bright future for our kids and that’s built on optimism, it’s built on hope. It’s built on talking about the things that we believe in and the things that we stand for.”
But an emailed statement from the BC Liberals says Clark isn’t blaming the NDP for the racist graffiti, adding “the Premier rejects, as do British Columbians, the use of repugnant anti-Semitic symbols by a small number of hateful people.”
— Bowinn Ma, P.Eng (@BowinnMa) April 17, 2017
Both Yamamoto and the NDP’s Bowinn Ma’s signs were similarly defaced, the two competing candidates for North Vancouver-Lonsdale tweeting each other messages of support over the incident.