The Conservative candidate for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound says thieves snatched every Tory campaign sign in Shallow Lake.
Larry Miller tells Bayshore Broadcasting News approximately twenty-five of his signs were removed from private property on Saturday in the village along Highway 6.
This is Miller's fifth federal election campaign, and he says he's never before had an entire Town's signage removed by vandals.
Officers with the OPP are aware of the theft, and volunteers with Miller's campaign have replaced the missing signs for property owners.
The long-time Tory MP says "it's a completely random act," and he doubts the police will catch the individual(s) responsible.
Stealing election signs is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of two-years in prison and individuals can be fined up to $5,000.
Miller is confident the thieves are "a couple of young punks."
He says while it's unlikely the vandals are Larry Miller supporters, he doesn't believe any of the other candidates would ever condone this type of behaviour.
Miller is seeking reelection in Bruce-Grey Owen Sound, against Liberal candidate Kimberly Love, NDP hopeful David McLaren and Chris Albinati of the Green Party.
The election is scheduled for October 19th.
Miller Statement on Removal of Conservative Candidate’s Election Signs
To the person(s) responsible for removing every one of the Conservative Candidate Larry Miller election signs in the Village of Shallow Lake; I would like you to know three things.
1. The signs have all been replaced by our dedicated volunteers.
2. The police have been notified as it is a criminal offence to move, remove or vandalize election signs. You could face a fine of up to $5,000 or two years in prison.
3. Each and every one of the signs in question were placed on private property at the homeowner’s request which also means you trespassed in order to remove them which could result in further charges and fines.